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2021
Fact sheet or brochure

Antibiograms are tables of antimicrobial susceptibilities compiled according to a specific set of standards. The information provided supports clinicians working with their local antimicrobial stewardship teams to improve clinical practice in regard to infections. 

2021
Publication, report or update

In Australia and across the global community, organisations have gathered evidence and/or developed advice on the management of COVID-19. A list of links to COVID-19 guidance is presented here and will be updated regularly. This list is prepared to support the delivery of safe and quality care during the COVID-19 pandemic and is not an endorsement by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Last updated 4 February 2021

2021
Audit, monitoring or reporting tool

This resource has been developed to assist hospitals participating in the NSMC National Audit.

2021
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, antimicrobial stewardship in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population, safety incidents, urgent and emergency care, medication reviews, and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of Clinical Communiqué, Future Leaders Communiqué, BMJ Quality & Safety, the International Journal for Quality in Health Care, the Journal of Patient Safety Health, the Journal for Healthcare Quality, BMJ Leader, and the Journal of Patient Experience, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality & Safety and International Journal for Quality in Health Care and the latest from the UK’s NICE and NIHR and the USA’s AHRQ.

2021
Presentation

In this presentation learn what healthcare variation is, and, given so many competing demands in healthcare delivery, why it is important. Hear from Conjoint Professor Anne Duggan as she makes the case for examining and understanding healthcare variation.

2021
Presentation

This presentation examines the Australian Atlas of Healthcare Variation series and how you can use data from the Atlases to investigate whether patients in your health service are receiving the care they need, and identify opportunities to improve outcomes for your patients.

2021
Guide, user guide or guidelines

The APAS – OrgTRx Quick Reference Guide provides instructions for APAS contributors on how to create and export formatted antibiograms. 

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This document provides an overview of the NPS MedicineWise Opioids program which aims to improve quality use of opioids and reduce associated harms for Australians with chronic non-cancer pain.

2021
Presentation

Opioid prescribing and harm continue to rise in Australia, but GPs and pain specialists can work together to ‘stop the habit’. Find out when to avoid opioids altogether, how to deprescribe opioids, and how to manage difficult conversations with colleagues and consumers.

2021
Presentation

A discussion about prescribing and deprescribing opioid medicines with Dr Chris Hayes and Dr Damien Zilm.

2021
Presentation

This presentation looks at how to change prescribing practices in your hospital.

2021
Audit, monitoring or reporting tool

Opioid therapy should be monitored regularly by assessing what has been called the '5As' of Analgesia therapy. This monitoring tool will assist you in adapting the treatment and management plan of your patients.

2021
Presentation

This presentation accompanies the video webinar and offers practical tips on managing change, and advice on how to make the investigation and management of healthcare variation part of your clinical governance framework. 

2021
Newsletter

This is our 500th issue and includes a foreword written by Professor Chris Baggoley AO.

This issue includes items on COVID-19, aged care, Staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infection (SABSI), palliative care, compassionate health care, cultural humility, preventable medication harm, patient and family involvement in patient safety, transfers and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of the Australian Journal of Primary Health and Health Expectations, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality & Safety and International Journal for Quality in Health Care and the latest from the UK’s NICE and the USA’s AHRQ.

2021
Presentation

All health services need to meet Action 1.28 'Variation in clinical practice and health outcomes' in the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition).  In this presentation Nicole Rasmussen takes you through the hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy of clinical variation and demonstrates practical ways to identify clinical variation, address unwarranted variation and overcome obstacles to improving patient care.

2021
Presentation

Did you know that Australia lags internationally for patient access to thrombolysis treatment within 60 minutes?  In this presentation Professor Dominique Cadilhac will show you how to use Clinical Stroke Registry data to deliver better care, and Nicola Hall will show you how Logan Hospital in Queensland identified variation in the treatment of patients with acute stroke and used the Commission’s clinical care standards to address this and improve patient outcomes.

2021
Publication, report or update

The 2019 Hospital NAPS report includes analyses of detailed information about prescribing practices in Australian public and private acute hospitals in 2019. The findings can be used to guide quality improvement programs and improve the safety of care for patients.

2021
Presentation

Join Professor Loh to find out why it’s important to investigate variation in clinical care and what you can do to improve patient outcomes in public and private hospitals and aged care facilities.

2021
Presentation

Professor Jacqueline Close is the co-chair of the Australia and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry.  In this presentation Professor Close demonstrates how health services are using registry data to reduce surgery waiting times, improve discharge care and save lives.