The safety and quality of the care provided in Australia’s hospitals is important to patients and their families, and is a key focus for governments, service providers and health professionals. This section explores the measures used to report on the safety and quality of hospital care.
Explore more information about hospital safety and quality via the links at the bottom of the page.
Using the National Hospital Morbidity Database, the quality of admitted patient care can be measured in various ways, including the rates of:
Patient experience surveys can also provide an indication of the quality of care provided to admitted patients.
However, the available information provides only part of the complete picture of hospital safety and quality. There is no routinely available information on some aspects of quality, such as continuity of care or responsiveness of hospital services.
From 1 November 2019, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care will coordinate and support all aspects of the National Hand Hygiene Initiative. The AIHW is working with the Commission to review and establish new processes for publication of hand hygiene data from both public and private hospitals.
More information on the measures used to report on safety and quality of hospital care are available from the following reports:
More information on patient safety and quality in Australian hospitals is available on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare website.
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