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The High 5s project was a collaboration between the World Health Organization (WHO) and healthcare agencies from several countries, including Australia.

The High 5s project aimed to determine:

  • The feasibility of implementing standard operating protocols (SOPs) for correct site surgery and medication reconciliation in different countries with different healthcare environments and cultures
  • Whether the SOPs are effective in improving patient safety.

Australia was one of four countries implementing the patient safety solution Assuring Medication Accuracy at Transitions of Care through medication reconciliation.

The High 5s Project was a collaboration between WHO, the Joint Commission, and lead technical agencies from Australia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The project was supported by the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, WHO and the Commonwealth Fund. The Commission was the lead technical agency for the Australian arm of the High 5s Project.