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2021
Poster or graphic

This infographic includes the 10 essential elements in the Consensus Statement.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This decision aid can be used with your doctor to help you decide whether to use antibiotics when your child has a middle ear infection.

2021
Publication, report or update

January 2018 V1.2.

2021
Spreadsheet or data set

Pursuant to the Senate Order for entity contracts, the following table sets out contracts entered into by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) that are at, or above, the value of $100,000 (GST inclusive) which are, or have been, active within the relevant reporting period.

2021
Publication, report or update

The Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard contains 10 quality statements and 13 indicators to guide quality care for the management of cannulas, and is accompanied by supporting resources.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This guide for consumers explains what each quality statement means for consumers, and what you can do to have an active role in your care.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This fact sheet lists the quality statements for clinicians and provides key discussion points to help involve patients in their care and prevent PIVC-related complications. 

2021
Publication, report or update

The quality statements for the Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard are based on best available evidence and guideline recommendations at the time of development. This summary describes the relevance of each evidence source to the quality statements.

2021
Spreadsheet or data set

The Senate agreed, on 14 November 1994, to a motion by Senator Harradine requiring that each Minister table indexed lists of file titles created by Central Offices of each department or agency he or she administers.

2021
Guide, user guide or guidelines

The User Guide for the Review of Clinical Variation has been updated and now includes a case study on ‘Variation in outcomes from cardiac surgery’. The User Guide supports health services  to implement Action 1.28 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. It explains how health services and their clinicians can use data to improve the appropriateness of clinical care. It includes a suite of case studies that take users through the six steps of reviewing clinical variation data to improve processes and care.  The new case study looks at how data from a quarterly report of the Australia and New Zealand Society of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeons’ Cardiac Surgery (ANZCTS) Database were used by a metropolitan cardiac unit to investigate the reasons for its outlier status for two key performance indicators.

2021
Spreadsheet or data set

The Commission publishes hospitality, gifts or benefits that it receives throughout the course of performing its functions above the (estimated) value of $100.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

More than 50% of bowel cancer cases are due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors. The Commission has developed this bowel cancer prevention fact sheet which identifies actions that consumers can take to reduce their risk of bowel cancer and polyps.

2021
Poster or graphic

More than 50% of bowel cancer cases are due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors. The Commission has developed this bowel cancer prevention poster which identifies actions that consumers can take to reduce their risk of bowel cancer and polyps.

2021
Publication, report or update

This literature review describes the evidence regarding the burden of disease associated with sepsis in the Australian population and the impacts of sepsis on people who survive. Evidence for interventions to improve recovery and reduce sepsis morbidity is also described.

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
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, sentinel events, collective leadership for safety culture, peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs), complaints, diagnosis, early warning systems, clinical deterioration, opioids, digital health and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of BMJ Quality & Safety and Nursing Leadership, 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.

2021
Job advertisement

The Chief Medical Officer will provide expert clinical advice to the wide range of programs managed by the Commission, its Board and standing committees, and to Australian Health Ministers.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate

  1. An extensive understanding of Australia’s health care system, including the development and application of national approaches to safety and quality in health care, and government processes.
  2. Demonstrated high level experience in managing programs and projects in safety and quality in health care, or a similar field, and delivering key results.
  3. Proven capacity to develop strategy and provide expert clinical advice to senior stakeholders on the design, implementation and evaluation of policies and programs related to safety and quality in health care.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and management skills including the proven ability to liaise and negotiate effectively with stakeholders in the safety and quality health arena combined with the ability to work effectively with internal staff.
  5. Highly developed oral and written communication skills including demonstrated ability to prepare high level briefing documents and submissions, present publicly to large audiences, and explain complex clinical issues simply.
  6. Registration as a Medical Practitioner – essential requirement.
  7. Extensive executive level management experience in the healthcare and government sectors including a proven record of achievement as a leading senior medical practitioner.

Full-time and/or part-time applications will be considered. Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply.

Questions about the role can be directed to Mike Wallace (02) 9126 3518 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight 7 April 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. Auto-generated applications will not be considered.

2021
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, chronic disease management, treatment of low back pain, patient complaints, resource allocation, root cause analysis (RCA), surgical ‘never events’, coronial reports, and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of The Journal for Healthcare Quality, Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, Public Health Research & Practice and Healthcare Policy, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality and Safety and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care.

2021
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, consultation on a draft Low back pain clinical care standard, patient experience, patient harm, medications, new guidelines on acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, new guidelines on otitis media, and more.

Also covered is the latest issue of BMJ Quality and Safety, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality and Safety and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and the latest from the UK’s NICE and the USA’s AHRQ.

2021
Publication, report or update

The Commission maintains a commitment to strengthening and actively promoting a positive and inclusive workplace culture which is reflected in the 2020 census results.

The Commission had a strong response rate of 74% and the results were positive, with significant improvements in areas including:

  • Job satisfaction
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Wellbeing.

There was also recognition of how well the Commission adapted its work practices and was able to respond to changing priorities due to COVID-19.

Opportunities and initiatives have been identified in the areas of internal communication, wellbeing and workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination.