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This instrument declares the Top End Health Service Clinical Audit of Surgical Mortalities and Morbidities to be a quality assurance activity to which Part VC of the Health Insurance Act 1973 applies. The peer review clinical audit activity enables clinical review of cases to identify factors that may have contributed to the cause of an adverse event and respond to events or cases that involve complications or death to promote system improvement rather than apportion blame to clinicians.
Administered by: Health
Registered 20 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To be repealed 14 Apr 2026
Repealed by Self Repealing
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Health Insurance (Quality Assurance Activity – Top End Health Service Peer Review Clinical Audits of Surgical Mortalities and Morbidities) 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 – Top End Health Service Peer Review Clinical Audits of Surgical Mortalities and Morbidities) 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:

Top End Health Service Peer Review Clinical Audits of Surgical Mortalities and Morbidities

 

2          Description of activity:

 

This declaration applies to the Top End Health Service (TEHS) Peer Review Clinical Audits of Surgical Mortalities and Morbidities (the Activity). The Activity involves clinical reviews and analysis of patient cases that result in death, or where the patient incurred complications or substantial or long-lasting disability after discharge. The reviews and analysis involve specialist surgeons, anaesthetists and other clinicians who perform surgical operations and who provide care for patients at the Top End Health Service, including patients admitted under the surgical team but who did not proceed to have an operation. The Activity identifies contributing clinical factors to these events and makes recommendations to the Executive Director Medical Service of the TEHS about changes or improvements in a policy, procedure or practice relating to the provision of health services to reduce the likelihood, or prevent the same or similar event from occurring again. The Activity includes the monitoring of those recommendations.

 

The Activity also includes reviewing and analysing operational policies, procedures or practices and clinical issues and factors that contribute to the occurrence of an event. Dependent on the circumstances of the event, the clinical practice and performance of individuals may also be discussed.

 

Clinical audit reports and recommendations approved by the Executive Director of Surgery TEHS are provided to the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, Medical Services TEHS and circulated within the hospital. Publication of non‑identifying information will occur through the NT Health Annual Report, NT Health Clinical Quality and Patient Safety Surveillance Report and NT Audit of Surgical Mortality. The following specific information will be published arising from the Activity:

                                       (i)      number of cases reviewed;

                                     (ii)      audit of attendance numbers at the TEHS Activity;

                                   (iii)      percentage of eligible cases audited;

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

                                     (v)      high level details of particular cases;

                                   (vi)      recommendations made to improve policies, practices and procedures; and

                                 (vii)      a description of issues raised during M&M meetings that arise from assessing safety and quality systems and M&M meetings at the TEHS.

 

Access to identifying information is limited to clinician peers conducting the audit activity and the Executive Director of Medical Services, Chief Operating Officer and NT Department of Health Legal Services.