Department of Health

Functions of the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council

Key messages

  • The core function of the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (VSCC) is to identify avoidable causes of mortality and morbidity relating to surgery.
  • The VSCC also investigates and reports on surgery-related matters and concerns raised by the Minister for Health.
  • The VSCC supports the work of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality into all deaths under surgical care.

The legislated functions of the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (VSCC) are outlined in s.38 of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.

The principal responsibilities of the council are to:

  • monitor, analyse and report on matters specified under the Act
  • consider, investigate and report on any matter specified by the Minister for Health or the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services
  • liaise with other consultative councils on any matter relevant to the functions of the council
  • improve public health and wellbeing by publishing and disseminating relevant information and practical strategies identified by the council
  • publish an annual report on the activities of the council
  • perform any function specified in the order that established the council
  • perform any other prescribed function
  • collect information for the purpose of performing these functions.

During its 2015-18 term, the VSCC will:

  • consider the findings and recommendations of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), which is managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons on behalf of the department
  • provide strategic advice and recommendations to improve the quality and safety of surgical services in Victoria
  • disseminate information to support and promote clinical and system-wide performance improvement.

Reviewed 05 October 2015


Contact details

Clinical Councils Safer Care Victoria

Contact details

Victorian Surgical Consultative Council Safer Care Victoria

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