Open disclosure

This is the open discussion of incidents that result in harm to a patient while receiving health care with the patient, their family, carers and other support persons.

Open Disclosure Program

The essential elements of open disclosure are outlined in the national Australian Open Disclosure Framework.

The Commission’s Open Disclosure Program:

  • Maintains the Australian Open Disclosure Framework
  • Participates in, and coordinates national open disclosure projects and research.

Accreditation and open disclosure

Health service organisations are required to implement open disclosure as part of the Clinical Governance Standard in the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Open disclosure resources

The Commission has developed resources to support health services implement and conduct open disclosure including the Australian Open Disclosure Framework.

Frequently asked questions

Fact sheet or brochure