The Youth Health quality improvement project has recently been set up for practices in the Counties Manukau area using funding from the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project. The aims are to enhance primary care’s ability to provide appropriate, responsive, youth friendly health care to young people in Counties Manukau.
The project will use quality improvement methodologies to support primary care practices to understand their current strengths and weaknesses in youth health and identify and initiate improvement. An assessment tool will be used followed by continuous quality improvement cycles, using the PDSA format (plan, do, study, act).
The project is part of a broader primary care quality improvement framework and aligns with quality improvement approaches familiar to primary care through the Patient Safety Initiative and the ARI quality improvement work. It aims to:
- Utilise primary care’s increasing understanding of change and improvement work;
- Incorporate these into a primary care focussed approach to youth health;
- Generate sustainable change and promote whole of system integration.