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This instrument declares the Alice Springs Public Hospital Morbidity and Mortality Program activity to be a quality assurance activity to which Part VC of the Health Insurance Act 1973 applies. The Alice Springs Morbidity and Mortality Program provides a forum for the sharing of clinical cases that resulted in complications or death in an open non-punitive environment with the goal of learning and improving patient safety.
Administered by: Health
Registered 19 Apr 2021
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR11-May-2021
Tabled Senate11-May-2021
To be repealed 14 Apr 2026
Repealed by Self Repealing
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Commonwealth Coat of Arms of Australia

 

Health Insurance (Quality Assurance Activity Alice Springs Public Hospital Morbidity and Mortality Program) Declaration 2021

I, PAUL KELLY, delegate for the Minister for Health, make the following declaration under section 124X of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

Dated 15 April 2021               

Prof. Paul Kelly

Chief Medical Officer

Department of Health

 

 

 


Contents

Part 1 —       Preliminary                                                                                             1

1  Name........................................................................................................................................ 1

2  Commencement........................................................................................................................ 1

3  Authority.................................................................................................................................. 1

4  Repeal ...................................................................................................................................... 1

5  Schedule................................................................................................................................... 1

Schedule 1— Description of quality assurance activity                                             2

1  Name of activity ...................................................................................................................... 2

2  Description of activity.............................................................................................................. 2

 

 

 


Part 1— Preliminary

1  Name

                   This instrument is the Health Insurance (Quality Assurance Activity – Alice Springs Public Hospital Morbidity and Mortality Program) Declaration 2021.

2  Commencement

             (1)  Each provision of this instrument specified in column 1 of the table commences, or is taken to have commenced, in accordance with column 2 of the table. Any other statement in column 2 has effect according to its terms.

 

Commencement information

Column 1

Column 2

Column 3

Provisions

Commencement

Date/Details

1.  The whole of this instrument

The day after this instrument is registered.

 

Note:          This table relates only to the provisions of this instrument as originally made. It will not be amended to deal with any later amendments of this instrument.

             (2)  Any information in column 3 of the table is not part of this instrument. Information may be inserted in this column, or information in it may be edited, in any published version of this instrument.

3  Authority

                   This declaration is made under subsection 124X(1) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

4  Repeal

 

This instrument is repealed when it ceases to be in force in accordance with subsection 124X(4) of the Health Insurance Act 1973.

5  Schedule

                   The quality assurance activity described in the Schedule to this Declaration is, to the extent that the quality assurance activity relates to health services provided in Australia, declared to be a quality assurance activity to which Part VC of the Health Insurance Act 1973 applies.

 


 

Schedule 1— Description of quality assurance activity

 

1          Name of activity:

Alice Springs Public Hospital Morbidity and Mortality Program

 

2          Description of activity:

 

This declaration applies to the Alice Springs Public Hospital - Morbidity and Mortality Program (Activity). The Activity involves regular morbidity and mortality (M&M) meetings in which the care pathway resulting in a complication or death is discussed by the team(s) involved in the patient’s care. The meetings provide a forum for the sharing of clinical cases in an open non-punitive environment with the primary goals of learning and the improvement of patient safety.

 

Key components of the Activity include:

(a)    introduction of a consistent and standardised reporting method for M&M meetings;

(b)   standardisation of M&M meetings to include three key features, namely the event, the complications and the outcomes and recommendations;

(c)    identification of clinical and systems factors that contribute to patient M&M;

(d)   hospital wide discussion with input from a variety of clinical departments and subspecialties

(e)    clear identification of a senior clinician and department who take responsibility for following up on recommendations recorded in the hospital recommendations register;

(f)    recording of recommendations in the Alice Springs Public Hospital recommendations register, which is overseen by the clinical governance committee; and

(g)    publication, in the Central Australian Health Service (CAHS) Annual Report, of information relating to:

                                                     (i)      the number of M&M meetings held in the previous 12 months;

                                                   (ii)      the number of cases discussed in M&M meetings;

                                                 (iii)      a summary of themes that contribute to morbidity and mortality;

                                                 (iv)      the number of recommendations made and the number of recommendations accepted by the CAHS; and

                                                   (v)      a description of issues raised during M&M meetings and any recommendations that arise from assessing safety and quality systems at the Alice Springs Hospital.

 

Access to identifying information is limited to the Quality Assurance coordinator, the Executive Director of Medical and Clinical Services and Northern Territory Department of Health Legal Services.