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Published Thursday 7 Nov 2019

Anton Blank presented in Hutt Hospital's Learning Centre Auditorium as part of this year's Wiki Haumaru Tūroro - Patient Safety Week.

Unconscious bias expert Anton Blank spoke at Hutt Hospital's Learning Centre Auditorium on Wednesday 6 November as part of this year's Wiki Haumaru Tūroro - Patient Safety Week.

Anton discussed tools for identifying and addressing implicit bias for both individuals and organisations.

Click the play button to watch Anton's presentation below.

The session was well attended by Hutt Valley DHB hospital staff. A large number of staff from the other DHBs in the central region attended the presentation via video link

As well as Anton’s presentation and question and answer session, all staff were encouraged to watch three short learning modules on understanding bias in health care. These modules were launched by the Health, Quality and Safety Commission on 3 November 2019

There are three learning modules focusing on:

• understanding and addressing implicit bias

• Te Tiriti o Waitangi, colonisation and racism

• experiences of bias.

The modules help health professionals to examine their own biases and how they affect the health care they provide

Anton works alongside Dr Carla Houkamau at Oranui ( and is co-author of REWIRE: The little book about bias.

Patient Safety Week is an awareness-raising week held from 3 to 9 November 2019. It is coordinated by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, with partners ACC and PHARMAC.