Patient confidentially is a fundamental principle of healthcare delivery. Patients trust Southern DHB to look after sensitive health information and to make sure this information it not seen or used by people who are not directly involved in providing care to them.



Obtaining informed consent for a healthcare intervention is not as simple as just getting a patient to sign a form.

It is well established that a signature, by itself, does not necessarily mean that informed consent has been obtained.

Gaining consent is an ongoing process that involves a treatment provider communicating effectively with a patient, clearly explaining the options available and allowing the patient sufficient time to make an informed choice about whether to proceed.


This module will assist managers who have responsibility for employees to become familiar with the different levels of entitlements and how to effectively manage different types of leave.