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What is Improving Together?

We all want to deliver the best possible services for the people of New Zealand. Improving Together training is a national quality improvement learning programme for all staff from participating social sector agencies (Ministries of Education, Health and Social Development, and the Health Quality & Safety Commission).

Being part of Improving Together means you are part of a national approach to making health and social services in New Zealand even better.  A great deal of progress has been made in improving New Zealand’s public services but we know we need to do more.

There are some simple tools to help you improve how you work. Improving Together will give you an opportunity to develop your skills in quality improvement methodology.


Improving Together has been developed for the participating agencies by Ko Awatea, in partnership with the 1000 Lives Improvement service in NHS Wales

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Ko Awatea

Ko Awatea LogoKo Awatea leads system transformation for Counties Manukau Health, and across New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific, using a collaborative approach to quality improvement, education and innovation. Since its inception in 2011, Ko Awatea has led a number of successful initiatives to improve care, services and efficiency in the public sector.

1000 Lives Plus & NHS Wales

1000lives plus and NHS Wales/

NHS Wales is the publicly funded National Health Service of Wales, providing healthcare to some 3 million people who live in the country. The NHS has a key principle which is that good healthcare should be available to all, regardless of wealth.
The 1000 Lives Improvement service supports organisations and individuals in NHS Wales to deliver the highest quality and safest healthcare for the people of Wales. In 2013, it launched ‘Improving Quality Together’, a national learning programme to train NHS Wales staff in quality improvement skills.