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The Australian Open Disclosure Framework (the OD Framework) was endorsed by the Commission in March 2013.

The OD Framework replaces the former Open Disclosure Standard (the OD Standard), which was released in 2003 and was the first nation-wide open disclosure policy in the world.

A review of the OD Standard in 2011/12 preceded development of the OD Framework.

The OD Framework is designed to enable health service organisations and clinicians to communicate openly with patients when health care does not go to plan. It provides a nationally consistent basis for open disclosure in Australian health care.

Download the Australian Open Disclosure Framework

Download the review of the OD Standard

Key differences and changes between the OD Framework and OD Standard.

Implementation materials and resources

The Commission has developed a range of materials and resources to support the implementation of the OD Framework in a range of settings.

Australian Open DIsclosure Framework materials and resources

Endorsement of the Framework

The Framework has been formally endorsed by Australian Health Ministers.

The Framework has been officially endorsed by the following professional organisations:

  • Australian College of Nursing
  • Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists
  • Royal Australian and New Zealand Colleges of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Royal Australasian College of Physicians
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia

The Framework is supported by the:

  • Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australia

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has officially recognised a supporting document Implementing the Australian Open Disclosure Framework in small practices, as an Accepted Clinical Resource.

Implementing the Australian Open Disclosure Framework in small practices