Overview of the Clinical Care Standards

Clinical Care Standards can play an important role in delivering appropriate care and reducing unwarranted variation, as they identify and define the care people should expect to be offered or receive, regardless of where they are treated in Australia.

Clinical Care Standards

A Clinical Care Standard is a small number of quality statements that describe the care patients should be offered by health professionals and health services for a specific clinical condition or defined clinical pathway in line with current best evidence.

Third and fourth degree perineal tears

Severe perineal trauma, if not recognised and repaired at the time, can have serious long-term consequences for women. The Commission is working on ways of reducing harm to women from perineal tears.

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This project aims provide clinical advice, expertise and consumer input to the Cataract Clinical Care Standard.

Cataract Clinical Care Standard

The Commission is now working with the Cataract Clinical Care Standard (CCS) Topic Working Group, consisting of clinical experts and consumers, to develop the draft Cataract CCS.

Topic working group and endorsements

The Topic Working Group comprised of individuals with relevant expertise and experience in the Australian health care system was convened to provide clinical advice, expertise and consumer input during the development of the Clinical Care Standard.

Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard has been developed by the Commission to ensure the safe and appropriate use of colonoscopy and to maximise patients’ likelihood of benefit from the procedure.

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The Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard aims to improve the assessment and management of knee osteoarthritis to enhance a patient’s symptom control, joint function, quality of life and participation in usual activities, and lessen the disability caused by the condition.

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The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard aims to improve the assessment and management of patients with a hip fracture to optimise outcomes and reduce the ir risk of another fracture.


The Delirium Clinical Care Standard was presented to and noted by Australian Health Ministers Advisory Council members in December 2015.

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The Delirium Clinical Care Standard aims to improve the prevention of delirium in patients at risk and improve the early diagnosis and treatment of patients with delirium, so as to reduce the severity and duration of delirium.


The Osteoarthritis Clinical Care Standard was presented to and noted by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council members in November 2016.

Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard

The Venous Thromboembolism Prevention Clinical Care Standard has been developed by the Commission to support clinicians and health services implement the delivery of high-quality care to prevent venous thromboembolism (VTE) acquired in hospital and following hospital discharge.

Osteoarthritis of the knee Clinical Care Standard

Knee osteoarthritis has a high burden on patients and the healthcare system.The Osteoarthritis of the Knee Clinical Care Standard provides guidance to clinicians and health services managers when treating knee osteoarthritis.