Improving the safety and quality of health care for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community

The introduction of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, and assessment against these Standards in the acute sector is driving changes in health service delivery and improving patient safety and the quality of care provided.  It is hoped that these changes will improve health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples accessing health care.

In a collaborative project with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community, jurisdictions, health services and others, the Commission is working towards improving the safety of care provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in main stream health services.

By determining the areas of greatest safety risk, the Commission and its partners can develop resources to support main stream health services to implement culturally appropriate safety systems and quality services.  Information gained from the project will also inform the revision of the NSQHS Standards scheduled to commence in 2015.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Commission is a government agency that leads and coordinates national improvements in safety and quality in health care across Australia. The Commission aims to support health care professionals, organisations and policy makers who work with patients and carers.

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