Glossary of health terms & acronyms
A glossary of terms, acronyms and abbreviations used by Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).
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Usage of abbreviations
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Multi Employer Collective Agreement
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.
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.
Medical Laboratory Workers Union
Midwifery and Maternity Providers Organisation
Ministry of Health
Memorandum of Understanding
Māori Provider Development Scheme
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
Ministry of Social Development
Management Services Organisation
Making Time for Caring
Medicines Use Review and Adherence Support