The Commission is committed to improving handover communication across a range of healthcare settings.

In 2007, the Commission conducted the National Clinical Handover Initiative Pilot Program, which funded fourteen public and private sector organisations to develop and pilot a range of tools for handover improvement.

The Commission will continue to focus attention on clinical handover as a stream of the Clinical Communications program by consolidating handover improvement through promotion of the tools for handover improvement and by expanding our work to focus on handover during patient transitions of care.

This work also supports health service organisations meet their requirements under NSQHS Standard 6: Clinical Handover.

The Clinical Handover program has released several publications, resources and education tools to assist with clinical handover improvement.