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2021
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, “second victims” of adverse events, wrong site surgery, diagnostic safety and more.

Also covered is the latest issue of Pediatric Quality & Safety, 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
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
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.

 

2021
Job advertisement

The Senior Project Officer, General Practice and Primary Care will be responsible for leading the work on coordinating the implementation of the NGPA Scheme as well as contributing to broader activities to support the National Standards Program to:

  • Provide ongoing support and resource development for health services implementing the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
  • Develop the National Safety and Quality Primary Health Care Standards and resources to support implementation of the standards.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Excellent policy development and project management experience relevant to safety and quality in health care, particularly in general practice and the primary care sector
  2. Demonstrated high level research and analytical skills
  3. Demonstrated excellent writing skills, including the ability to write high quality documents for a variety of audiences and in different formats
  4. Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, in particular, an excellent ability to consult and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  5. A high level of knowledge and comprehensive understanding of key safety and quality issues relevant to health care in particular the primary care sector
  6. Relevant tertiary qualifications.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply. Questions about the role can be directed to Margaret Banks (02) 9126 3684 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight Wednesday, 10 March 2021. Only complete applications will be considered.

2020
Other resource

Statement of Expectations from The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health to Professor Villis Marshall AC regarding the ACSQHC's work.

2020
Other resource

Statement of Intent provided to The Hon Greg Hunt MP, Minister for Health in response to the Statement of Expectations.

2021
Job advertisement

The Senior Project Officer, National Standards will be responsible for the day to day work of the National Standards program projects including: 

  • Supporting the development of Standards and accreditation, including in primary care
  • Managing  projects to implementing the second edition of the NSQHS Standards and develop additional Standards for aged care, primary care and other sectors
  • Stakeholder management
  • Secretariat support and stakeholder management of meetings and workshops
  • Preparing project plans, procurement documentation, briefs, report, meeting papers, minutes and budgets.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Excellent policy development and project management experience relevant to safety and quality in health care and/or accreditation of health service organisations
  2. Demonstrated high level research and analytical skills
  3. Experience in the management and or development of education and training programs
  4. Demonstrated excellent writing skills, including the ability to write high quality documents for a variety of audiences and in different formats
  5. Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, in particular, an excellent ability to consult and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  6. A high level of knowledge and comprehensive understanding of key safety and quality issues relevant to accreditation of health service organisations
  7. Relevant tertiary qualifications.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply. Questions about the role can be directed to Margaret Banks (02) 9126 3684 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Wednesday 10 March 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. 

2021
Publication, report or update

The 2019 AGAR Sepsis Outcome Report is now available.

2009
Publication, report or update

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care reports annually on the state of healthcare safety and quality in Australia.

The Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care 2009 provides windows onto a range of safety and quality issues and continues to report on sentinel events. It offers safety and quality insights in a number of settings and from various perspectives.

Improving healthcare safety and quality is a vital activity because it has a real and powerful impact for patients. A number of chapters reflect on the role of measuring and reporting in improving healthcare safety and quality.

Chapters in this report include:

  • Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration
  • Antimicrobial stewardship
  • Learning from complaints
  • Safety and quality in general practice
  • Sentinel Event and other reporting for patient safety
  • Measuring hospital mortality: using Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios in Australia
  • Measuring and reporting on safety and quality in hospitals
  • Impact of clinical registries
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
Publication, report or update

This issue includes items on COVID-19, sepsis, acute behavioural disturbance antimicrobial prescribing, antimicrobial stewardship, dementia, pathology, stakeholder/consumer engagement, adverse drug events, medication safety, Clostridioides difficile, patient safety in prehospital care, and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of International Journal for Quality in Health Care, Journal of Patient Safety and Health Affairs, along with the latest online papers from International Journal for Quality in Health Care and the latest from the UK’s NICE and NIHR and the USA’s AHRQ.

2018
Audit, monitoring or reporting tool