National Sepsis Program

The Commission is undertaking a program of work to improve early recognition, treatment, outcomes and post-discharge support for people at risk of or diagnosed with sepsis in Australia.

National Sepsis Program background

On 13 September 2019, Minister Hunt announced $1.5 million in funding to support improved sepsis outcomes. The Commission has been engaged by the Australian Government Department of Health (the Department) to lead and coordinate the National Sepsis Program through a funding agreement in June 2020. The George Institute for Global Health is working closely with the Commission to develop and implement this work.

The program aims to improve outcomes for people with sepsis in Australia by:

  • Improving the recognition of sepsis in all settings (primary, subacute, acute)
  • Providing clinicians with nationally agreed sepsis clinical guidance materials
  • Strengthening the comprehensive care planning process for sepsis survivors.

Information for consumers 

Sepsis is a time-critical medical emergency that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs leading to failure of multiple organs, and death if not recognised and not treated promptly (1). Sepsis can occur in response to various types of infections, including bacterial, viral or fungal infections which are acquired both in community or healthcare settings.

Program Governance

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has invited individuals with relevant clinical skills, experience and health system knowledge to support the work of the National Sepsis Program. Two main committees have been established by the commission to provide guidance, support and advice on different aspects of the national sepsis program.

National Sepsis Program Projects

Under the National Sepsis Program, the Commission is appointed by the Australian Government Department of Health to lead and co-ordinate the following projects:


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