Review: Implementation of the Australian Open Disclosure Framework (February 2020)
A report reviewing the implementation of the Australian Open Disclosure Framework identifying perceived implementation gaps, areas for improvement, and suggested strategies at a national, state and territory, and health service organisation level.
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The Commission undertook a review to better understand the extent to which the Australian Open Disclosure Framework is being implemented in Australian health services. The final report presents the findings of the review, identifies perceived implementation gaps, potential areas for improvements, and suggested strategies at a national, state and territory and health service organisation level.
A mixed-method approach was used to inform this review. This included: a review of state and territory open disclosure policies and programs; targeted interviews and consultations; consumer focus groups and a national online survey.
Findings suggest that while considerable work has been undertaken by states, territories and health services to raise the priority of open disclosure, and have policies directing open disclosure implementation, challenges remain. Health services appear to be at different levels of maturity, with inconsistencies in relation to how the Framework was translated into practice.