Hospital Safety - Continue funding

Funding will continue for the Hospital Safety Initiatives Programme to ensure quality remains paramount in our hospitals and to look at where procedures and processes need to be improved.

Page last updated: 09 May 2006

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Why is this important?

  • Improving the safety and quality of health care can reduce preventable deaths and other harm caused to patients using the health system. The Hospital Safety Initiatives Programme provides funding for the improvement of safety and quality of health care in the Australian health care system.

Who will benefit?

  • All patients will benefit from this initiative. There will also be a reduction in costs associated with fixing errors, allowing those funds to be used for patient services.

What funding is the Government committing to the initiative?

  • The Commonwealth, along with state and territory governments, has established the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care to progress this very important area. The Government is committing continued funding of $6.9 million to the establishment of this initiative in the first year of operation of the Commission. States and territories together will match this funding.

What have we done in the past?

  • The Commonwealth has provided $55 million over the past six years to the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care. The Council conducted work in a number of different project areas to improve the safety and quality of health care in Australia, particularly inpatient services. Following a review of the Council that finished in July 2005 the Council was replaced by the Commission.

When will the initiative conclude?

  • This measure will be reviewed in the 2007-08 Budget.

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