Safer Care Victoria monitors the standards of healthcare and partners with consumers and their families, clinicians and health services to support the continuous improvement of healthcare.

Victorian perinatal services performance indicators 2016 – 2017

Prepared by SCV and the Perinatal Safety and Quality Committee, this report compares public and private hospital data on outcomes for mothers and newborns against 10 safety and quality indicators of perinatal care.

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Credentialing policy

This policy details Victorian requirements for senior medical practitioner credentialing and scope of clinical practice. It provides ‘what to do’ and ‘how to do it’ guidance for senior Victorian medical practitioners and their employing health service or health services where they have, or wish to obtain, visiting rights.

Credentialing Policy for Senior Medical Practitioners

Transvaginal mesh complications

Transvaginal mesh is a  medical product which has been used for over 15 years to treat pelvic organ prolapse and urinary stress incontinence. Some women have had serious and debilitating complications following such surgery. General practitioners have an important role in identifying complications and supporting affected women. 

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Strategic plan 2017-2020

Safer Care Victoria's Strategic plan details how we will lead quality and safety improvement in healthcare, for the benefit of all Victorians, for the next three years. The plan outlines SCV's mission, purpose, values and strategic priorities, as well as what success will look like.

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Corporate plan 2017-2018

Safer Care Victoria's Corporate plan outlines our priorities in leading improvement in healthcare quality and safety in 2017--2018. It details what SCV will do in the next year to contribute towards achieving the strategic priorities from our Strategic Plan 2017--2020.

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Clinicians as partners: A framework for clinician engagement

This framework describes how Safer Care Victoria will work with the clinician workforce to deliver outstanding healthcare for Victorians. It commits SCV to actively involving clinicians in every step of the design, delivery and constant improvement of our health system.

This framework is the culmination of a comprehensive independent review and health sector consultation.

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Safer Care Victoria Academy and Panel of External Expert Reviewers: A consultation paper

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This consultation paper outlines the Safer Care Victoria Academy and Panel of External Expert Reviewers (PEER), to be established early in 2018.

Among other proposed roles, members of the panel will be able to support health services to undertake a complex review of a serious clinical incident(s), or support root cause analyses (RCAs).

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Mandatory reporting of anaphylaxis

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In response to recommendations by Coroner Jamieson in 2016, Safer Care Victoria sought input to inform a program for mandatory reporting of anaphylaxis. The Mandatory reporting of anaphylaxis: discussion paper provides background to this issue.

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Sentinel events in health services

Through its Sentinel Event Program, Safer Care Victoria monitors and collects data on the most serious incidents in health services, and supports health services to minimise future harm. Supporting safety: Sentinel Event Program triennial report 2013 to 2016 provides a summary of the program, identifies system issues and recommends improvements.

Sentinel events in health services

Victorian perinatal services performance indicators

Victorian perinatal services performance indicators 2015-16 documents outcomes for Victorian women and babies against ten safety and quality indicators of perinatal care. The data spans the antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal periods and allows individual hospitals to compare results with, and monitor variation from, peer services.

Victorian perinatal services performance indicators 2015-16

Delivering high-quality healthcare – Victorian clinical governance framework

Delivering high-quality healthcare - Victorian clinical governance framework outlines expectations regarding clinical governance and provides practical guidance on the systems and processes needed for delivering on our shared goal of outstanding healthcare for Victorians. Always. 

Incorporating input from an expert group and extensive sector feedback, Safer Care Victoria has refreshed the former Victorian clinical governance policy to provide best practice guidance to inform good clinical governance. Safer Care Victoria will support health services in implementing the framework via the development of tools, resources and training.

Delivering high-quality healthcare Victorian clinical governance framework

Auditing environmental cleanliness

Auditing environmental cleanliness: an update on the auditing and reporting of cleaning standards in Victorian health facilities details changes to the auditing and reporting requirements for cleaning standards that come into effect from 1 July 2017.

Auditing environmental cleanliness

Framework for Clinical Networks

Safer Care Victoria's Clinical Network Framework, July 2017

The Clinical Network Framework provides guiding principles, accountability arrangements, organisational context and key structural and operational elements for clinical networks within Safer Care Victoria.

Framework for Clinical Networks