Glossary of health terms & acronyms

A glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations used by Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)​.

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Glossary of health terms & acronyms

    MECA

    Multi Employer Collective Agreement​

    MED

    Ministry of Economic Development​

    MeNZB (Meningococcal B)

    ​Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection. It causes severe illnesses including: meningitis (an infection of membranes that cover the brain) and septicaemia (a serious infection in the blood). There are several different strains of bacteria which cause meningococcal disease including A, B and C.

    MHERC

    Mental Health Education and Resource Centre​

    MHINC (Medical Health Information National Collection)

    ​The national database of mental health information held by the NZ Health Information Service to support policy formation, monitoring and research

    MH-SMART (Mental Health Standard Measure of Assessment and Recovery)

    ​The aim of the MH-SMART initiative is to support recovery by promoting and facilitating the development of an outcomes-focused culture in the mental health sector.  The principle  of achieving this will be by implementing a suite of standard tools to measure changes in the health status of mental health service users that is responsive to the needs of Maori and other cultures within a recovery framework.

    mL

    Millilitre​

    MLWU

    ​Medical Laboratory Workers Union

    MMPO

    Midwifery and Maternity Providers Organisation ​

    MoH

    Ministry of Health ​

    Morbidity

    ​Illness, sickness.

    Mortality

    ​Death.

    MoU

    Memorandum of Understanding​

    MPDS

    Māori Provider Development Scheme ​

    MPIA

    Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs​

    MSD

    Ministry of Social Development ​

    MSO

    Management Services Organisation​

    MT4C

    Making Time for Caring​

    MUR

    Medicines Use Review and Adherence Support​

Page last reviewed: 15 January 2016
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