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Australia has a high quality health care system, rating well internationally, and serving the bulk of the population well. Nevertheless, the safety and quality of health care in Australia is of interest to health care planners, providers and users, as efforts continue to maintain and improve the performance of health care services.
A range of performance indicator reports and other statistical reports on Australian health care services have been published by the Institute and other organisations.
This web site has been designed to bring together a comprehensive array of health care safety and quality statistical information from a range of Australian and selected international sources.
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care commenced on 1 January 2006 and is funded by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to develop a national strategic framework and associated work program that will guide its efforts to improve safety and quality across the health care system in Australia.
Over its life, the Commission will:
On Monday 25 September 2006, a Partnership Agreement was signed between the Institute and the Commission. The agreement sets out the broad intentions of the Commission and the Institute to work together towards a more informative, more usable national system of information that enhances the safety and quality of health care.
One main outcome of the agreement is the development of a set of 55 national indicators of the safety and quality of clinical care provided to patients across the Australian health care system. These 55 indicators, along with the framework used to inform their selection, and data on the indicators where available, can be found in the AIHW's report Towards national indicators of safety and quality in health care.