National Sepsis Program
National inpatient data shows that sepsis cases are increasing in Australia, despite extensive work by states and territories to improve early detection, recognition and treatment of sepsis.
On 13 September 2019, Minister Hunt announced $1.5m in funding to support improved sepsis outcomes. The Commission was appointed by the Australian Government Department of Health to lead and coordinate the National Sepsis Program through a funding agreement in June 2020. The George Institute for Global Health is working closely with the Commission to develop and implement this work.
The program aims to improve outcomes for people with sepsis in Australia by:
- Improving the recognition of sepsis in all settings (primary, subacute, acute)
- Providing clinicians with nationally agreed sepsis clinical guidance materials
- Strengthening the comprehensive care planning process for sepsis survivors
- Conducting a medical chart audit to understand problems associated with record keeping and clinical coding of records belonging to people with sepsis
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