Sentinel events are a subset of adverse events that result in death or serious harm to a patient. The Australian sentinel events list was endorsed by Australian health ministers in 2002. The eight nationally agreed sentinel events are:
In April 2004, Australian health ministers determined that public hospitals should report on sentinel events at the national level. Public reporting against the sentinel events list was previously done in the Commission’s Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care publication, which is no longer published. Since 2007, sentinel events have been reported by states and territories in the Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services (RoGS).
Review of the National Sentinel Events List
The Commission is undertaking a Review of the National Sentinel Events List on behalf of the states, territories and the Commonwealth. It is expected that the outcome of the review will be finalised in early 2018.