Department of Health

Consultation paper released - a Statutory Duty of Candour

Better, Safer Care includes a commitment to consult on the introduction of a statutory duty of candour. The introduction of a statutory duty of candour was a recommendation of Targeting Zero (recommendation 5.3).

The Minister has appointed an Expert Working Group, chaired by Mr Michael Gorton (AM), to provide advice on legislative reforms arising from Targeting Zero. The Expert Working Group is consulting with the public and will consider the views put forward by stakeholders before making recommendations to the Minister about the appropriate statutory model for a duty of candour.

Visit the Statutory Duty of Candour consultation section to download a copy of the consultation paper and find out how to have your say.

New legislation changes passed by parliament

The Health Legislation Amendment (Quality and Safety) Act 2017 was passed by Parliament on 17 October 2017. The Act sets out legislative amendments that are designed to address recommendations in Targeting Zero. Information about the reforms are available in the FAQ section.

June Better, Safer Care update

The third edition of the Better, Safer Care update - keeping you informed of the progress of the government's Targeting Zero reforms including information and updates on improving sector governance, strengthening departmental oversight, better use of information and data, leadership and engagement as well as upcoming forums, training and resources. The full newsletter is available from the Downloads section.

Better, Safer Care - Delivering a world-leading healthcare system sets out how the Victorian Government and Department of Health and Human Services are addressing all the recommendations from Targeting zero: report of the review of hospital safety and quality assurance in Victoria under four areas of emphasis:

  • setting the goal that zero avoidable harm occurs in our hospitals
  • supporting strong leadership in hospital governance - with good clinical leaders, effective boards and rigorous oversight
  • sharing excellence across our health system - so that where one hospital does something well, others can follow suit
  • collecting great data about patients' experiences and feeding that back across the system to improve patient care.

As part of this response, Safer Care Victoria and the Victorian Agency for Health Information have been established to strengthen the current system and better respond to the needs of patients and healthcare workers.

Safer Care Victoria will work with health services to monitor and improve the quality and safety of care delivered across our health system, with the goal of achieving zero avoidable patient harm.

The Victorian Agency for Health Information will analyse and share information across our system to ensure everyone has an accurate picture of where the concerns are, and where we're getting it right.

The Victorian Clinical Council will put clinicians front and centre to provide clinical expertise to the government, the department and health services on how to make the system safer and provide better care to all Victorians.

The Boards Ministerial Advisory Committee will ensure our hospital and health service boards have the right mix of skills, knowledge and experience to strengthen local governance and decision making.

Reviewed 20 February 2020


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