The Commission leads and coordinates improvements in safety and quality in health care across Australia, including the promotion, support and encouragement of the implementation of safety and quality initiatives.
A collaborative and consultative approach is undertaken in priorities of the health system that benefit from national coordination. Under its legislation the Commission has wide raging functions that also include the formulation of safety and quality standards and indicators.
The Commission has been engaged by the Department of Health to coordinate the development of a national antimicrobial resistance surveillance system as a significant platform for reducing the impact of antimicrobial resistance.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the first Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation, illuminating variation in health care provision across Australia.
The Commission has been engaged by the Department of Health to lead the National PBM Collaborative, in consultation with the National Blood Authority and the states and territories, to promote appropriate care in relation to the use of blood across Australia.
To support a reduction in unwarranted radiation exposure to children and young people from CT scans, the Commission has developed a range of resources and is promoting existing resources to inform the referral and provision of CT scans for children and young people.
The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights was developed with extensive and widespread consultation and specifies the key rights of patients and consumers when seeking or receiving healthcare services. Australian Health Ministers have endorsed the charter for use across the country.
The Commission and IHPA have resolved to work together to provide options to their respective governing bodies on the most appropriate methodological approaches to ensure safety and quality in the provision of health care services.
The Australian Safety and Quality Framework for Health Care describes a vision for safe and high quality care for all Australians, and sets out the actions needed to achieve this vision.
The Australian Safety and Quality Goals for Health Care are a series of key safety and quality challenges that would benefit from a coordinated approach to improvement. Collaborative and collective action on the areas identified within the Goals can contribute to better outcomes for patients and a more effective and efficient health system.