Safer Care Victoria is the peak state authority for leading quality and safety improvement in healthcare.
Safer Care Victoria was established to oversee and support health services to provide safe, high-quality care to patients every time, everywhere.
As well as monitoring the standards of care provided, Safer Care Victoria is partnering with consumers and their families, clinicians and health services to support the continuous improvement of healthcare.
The agency was created in response to the recommendations within the report, Targeting Zero: supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care.
In supporting health services to provide the safest and best possible care to patients, Safer Care Victoria is focused on five priority areas:
- partnering with patients, families and carers
- partnering with clinicians
- review and response
- improvement and innovation.
These five areas reflect the proactive and reactive approaches Safer Care Victoria is taking to support and oversee health services.
Professor Euan Wallace AM, Chief Executive Officer, Safer Care Victoria
Professor Euan Wallace was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Safer Care Victoria in October 2016. Safer Care Victoria is leading quality and safety improvement in Victorian public and private health services.
Professor Wallace is a senior clinician with an extensive track record in academic medicine and health service delivery. Graduating from the Edinburgh Medical School, Professor Wallace completed his research and clinical training in Edinburgh before moving to Australia and joining Monash Health and Monash University in 1996.
In the ten years prior to his appointment to Safer Care Victoria Professor Wallace was the Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health, overseeing the growth of the services so that Monash has become Victoria's largest maternity service and the home to one of two Victorian public homebirth programs. He is widely regarded as one of Australia's leading experts in clinical governance and in safety and quality in maternity services.
Professor Wallace is also the Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University School of Clinical Sciences based at Monash Medical Centre. He leads a perinatal medicine research group in the university's Ritchie Centre and at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. His research interests are in fetal development, maternal health, stem cell biology and patient safety. He will continue his academic and research roles with Monash University.