The Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (VSCC) advises the Minister for Health and the Department of Health & Human Services on the quality and safety of surgical practice in Victoria. It operates under ss. 33-43 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.
The VSCC aims to identify and report on avoidable causes of mortality and morbidity relating to surgery, and to provide strategic advice and recommendations on ways to continuously improve the performance of surgical services.
The council receives and assesses surgeons’ and trainees’ reports of adverse events in surgical care, near-misses and avoidable deaths, as well as sentinel events that all hospitals must report.
It works closely with the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), the mortality audit managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, to conduct clinical audits into any deaths under surgical care, and to prepare and promulgate practice guides for surgeons, trainees and hospital administrators.