Atlas 2015 - General recommendations

Atlas

A strategy to address unwarranted clinical variation

1. The Commission works with the Australian Government Department of Health, state and territory health departments, clinical and consumer groups to develop a strategy for reducing unwarranted clinical variation.

2. The Commission will continue to collect information and publish details of geographic clinical variation in an atlas series.

Review of outliers

3. State and territory health departments, local health networks, primary health networks, clinical networks, and relevant state bodies responsible for quality and safety of health care determine the need to review high and low outliers presented in the atlas and develop local priority action plans for addressing atlas findings.

4. Primary health networks investigate primary care strategies for reducing unwarranted variation that have been successful in other regions.

5. State and territory health departments, local health networks, primary health networks and relevant state bodies responsible for quality and safety of health care identify appropriate additional data analyses to complement a local priority action plan.

6. Boards of public and private hospitals monitor, as part of their responsibilities under National Safety and Quality Health Services Standard 1, the effectiveness of the implementation of the relevant Clinical Care Standards.