The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission), in consultation with clinicians, consumers, public and private hospitals, and other healthcare provider organisations, has identified the priority national safety and quality areas for action in Australia.
Throughout 2009, the Commission has continued a comprehensive work plan to address these priority areas. This report examines a number of the key issues.
Windows into Safety and Quality in Health Care 2009 is the second in a series of reports by the Commission. It includes a brief update on topics considered in the first report and expands to reflect the additional activity undertaken in other identified priority areas.
Authors: Professor David Ben-Tovim (Measuring hospital mortality); Professor Lynn Gilbert (Antimicrobial stewardship); Ms. Jenny Hargreaves (Measuring and reporting on safety and quality in hospitals); Dr. Sophie Pointer (Measuring hospital mortality)