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Public consultation process is now closed

The Commission’s consultation process on patient safety and quality improvement in primary care is now closed.

The Commission would like to thank the organisations and individuals that provided submissions during the consultation period. The feedback received will be reviewed and used to inform the Commission’s work program. A report on the consultation will be produced and made available later in 2018.

Download the Consultation paper – Patient safety and quality improvement in primary care – October 2017


Understanding risks to patient safety in primary health care

A significant proportion of health care is provided by primary care services but little is known about the frequency, causes and consequences of errors and adverse events in this sector. There is also limited evidence on effective patient safety initiatives in this sector. Risks to patient safety can occur in both acute and primary care settings, including large tertiary hospitals, small rural services and general practices.

Since 2009 the Commission has been working to better understand the issues that affect patient safety in primary care settings. Outcomes of this work include literature reviews, a discussion paper and a consultation report.


Patient safety and quality improvement in primary care

Following on from this work, the Commission has commenced a program of work to develop nationally consistent strategies, tools and resources to support improvements in the patient safety and quality of care provided in primary care settings.

An expert advisory committee has been established to provide oversight and advice on the development of safety and quality strategies, tools and resources for primary care. The committee includes representatives from:

  • Audiology Australia Ltd
  • Australasian Podiatry Council
  • Australian College of Mental Health Nurses
  • Australian College of Midwives
  • Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine
  • Australian Dental Association
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association
  • Australian Primary Care Nurses Association
  • Australian Psychological Society
  • Consumers Health Forum of Australia
  • National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Worker Association
  • Optometry Australia
  • Pharmacy Guild of Australia
  • Primary Health Networks represented by Western Sydney PHN
  • Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

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Last updated: 27 October 2017