Safety and Quality > Our Work > Open Disclosure > Open disclosure programs, policies and information

All Australian States and Territories have, or are in the process of developing and implementing open disclosure policies and programs. The private hospital sector has also made considerable progress in promoting and instituting open disclosure practice.

Open disclosure is also supported by the primary care sector.

Open disclosure programs in the public healthcare sector

Links to Australian jurisdictions’ open disclosure policies and programs are provided below:

Open disclosure in private hospitals

Examples of successful open disclosure programs and policies in the Australian private hospital sector:

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Open disclosure in primary care

The Commission, in partnership with the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, released an education module and suite of materials for general practices titled Regaining trust after an adverse event

This resource aims to complement existing knowledge and improving communication skills as a means of restoring patient-provider relationships when things go wrong.