ACT Health Quality and Safety

ACT Health is committed to enhancing quality and assuring safety within its agencies. ACT Health will continue to work closely with consumers, health professionals and other health care providers to develop policies and implement strategies to improve the quality and safety of healthcare in the ACT.

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ Patient Safety Network (PSNet) is a new national web-based resource featuring the latest news and essential resources on patient safety. The site offers weekly updates of patient safety literature, news, tools, and meetings, and a vast set of carefully annotated links to important research and other information on patient safety.

Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation

The mission of the Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation is to ensure that no patient shall be harmed by anesthesia. The purposes of APSF are to: foster investigations that will provide a better understanding of preventable anesthetic injuries; encourage programs that will reduce the number of anesthetic injuries; and promote national and international communication of information and ideas about the causes and prevention of anesthetic morbidity and mortality.

Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care (AAQHC)

The Australasian Association for Quality in Health Care (AAQHC) rovides support and encouragement to individuals and organisations seeking to improve health outcomes for consumers,provides a voice on safety and quality issues, facilitates opportunities for communication and cooperation as well as exchange of ideas and experiences and facilitates and supports ongoing education and development.

Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Commission has been funded by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to develop a national strategic framework and associated work program that will guide its efforts in improving safety and quality across the health care system in Australia. The Commission commenced on 1 January 2006.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - Caring for Cognitive Impairment

Cognitive impairment including delirium or dementia are common among older people admitted to hospital but are frequently missed or misdiagnosed increasing their risk of harm. Delirium can be prevented with the right care and harm minimised if cognitive impairment is identified and acted on early. Commit to caring for cognitive impairment and also learn how to prepare for the new cognitive impairment actions in the draft version 2 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. We can all make a difference.

Australian Council on Healthcare Standards

The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, dedicated to improving the quality of health care in Australia through continual review of performance, assessment and accreditation.

Australian Resource Centre for Healthcare Innovations (ARCHI)

The ARCHI mission is to support and increase the implementation of effective and quality innovations in clinical care in the Australian healthcare sector. Through its website, newsletter, discussion groups, enquiry service and seminars, ARCHI helps to promote information sharing while preventing duplication of effort.

Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)

An independent not-for-profit corporation, CPSI performs a coordinating and leadership role across health sectors and systems, promotes effective strategies and leading practices to improve patient safety, and raises awareness with stakeholders, patients and the general public about patient safety. CPSI has a national mandate to build and advance a safer health system for Canadians. The Institute provides leadership on patient safety issues, and helps to create a culture that is open to disclosure and committed to change that will improve care. By supporting healthcare professionals in their development and implementation of patient safety programs, such as Safer Healthcare Now! CPSI helps promote innovative and successful evidence-based strategies for improving patient safety. In addition to supporting and working with several Canadian health organizations on patient safety initiatives, CPSI has established a funding environment for research and analysis that encourages the exploration, exposure and resolution of patient safety issues.

Emergency Medicine Events Register

EMER is an adverse event and near-miss reporting system that is peer-led, online, anonymous and confidential. It is a means of supporting improvement in safety and quality in emergency medicine by understanding of contributing factors and how the risk of harm to patients can be minimised or prevented.

Human Factors and Safety Management Systems, University of South Australia

UniSA hosts one of Australia's leading research and teaching programs in the areas of Human Factors and Safety Management Systems. The programs offered at UniSA provide a unique mix of academic quality and industry relevance.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) is a not-for-profit organization driving the improvement of health by advancing the quality and value of health care.

International Society for Quality in Health Care

The International Society for Quality in Health Care, is a non-profit, independent organisation with members in over 70 countries. ISQ works to provide services to guide health professionals, providers, researchers, agencies, policy makers and consumers, to achieve excellence in healthcare delivery to all people, and to continuously improve the quality and safety of care.

Joanna Briggs Institute

Established in 1996, the Joanna Briggs Institute (JBI) is now a growing, dynamic international collaboration involving nursing, medical and allied health researchers, clinicians, academics and quality managers across 40 countries in every continent. JBI offers resources designed to meet the needs of service providers, health professionals and consumers by connecting the best available international evidence to the point of care.

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations

The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's predominant standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.

National Patient Safety Agency

The National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) is a Special Health Authority created to co-ordinate the efforts of all those involved in healthcare, and more importantly to learn from, patient safety incidents occurring in the NHS.

New South Wales Department of Health Quality and Safety Branch

The Program was announced by the Minister for Health in 2004 to provide a framework for significant improvements to clinical quality and patient safety in the NSW public health system. This website aims to keep you informed of a number of important initiatives managed by the Branch.

NSW Clinical Excellence Commission

The core mission of the CEC is to identify issues of a systemic nature that affect patient safety and clinical quality in the NSW health system and to develop and advise on implementation strategies to address these issues.


An online incident reporting system for medical imaging-related near misses and adverse events, hosted by the Australian Patient Safety Foundation for the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists

South Australian Department of Health Safety and Quality Website

The South Australian Department of Health, Safety and Quality Website - a site designed to raise standards in the sharing of ideas and information regarding the safety and quality of health care

South Australian Academic Health Science and Translation Centre

The SA Centre has brought together in a whole-of-state collaborative network, the state’s academic, research and health care delivery agencies in order to advance translation of evidence into clinical care for improved health outcomes.  The SA Centre focusses on research, clinical services, education and training, helping to enhance South Australia’s reputation as an internationally recognised research destination.

VA National Center for Patient Safety

The National Center for Patient Safety (NCPS) embodies the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) uncompromising commitment to reducing and preventing adverse medical events while enhancing the care given our patients. The NCPS represents a unified and cohesive patient safety program, with active participation by all of the VA hospitals supported by dedicated patient safety managers.

Western Australian Office of Safety and Quality in Health Care

The Office of Safety and Quality in Health Care (OSQH) was established in 2002 to provide strategic advice on safety and quality issues to the WA Minister for Health and the Department of Health.