Following the discovery of a cluster of avoidable perinatal deaths, the Minister for Health commissioned a review of hospital safety and quality assurance in Victoria. The result of that review was published in Targeting zero: supporting the Victorian hospital system to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care in October 2016.
The review found that while Victorian hospitals deliver some of the best care in the world, there was not adequate oversight of quality and safety across health services.
Targeting zero found that essential data was often not collected, used, or made accessible to hospitals and clinicians so they could identify opportunities for improvement. The review recommended the creation of a reporting agency to improve the flow of information in the health system.
In Better, safer care: delivering a world-leading healthcare system, the Victorian Government accepted in principle all of the review’s recommendations, establishing a new vision for quality and safety in Victoria’s health system.
In July 2017 the Victorian Agency for Health Information was established as an Administrative Office in relation to the Department of Health and Human Services (the Department). Consistent with the recommendations in Targeting zero, VAHI performs its functions independently of the Department and with a view to best practice.
In October 2017 the Minister for Health provided VAHI with a Statement of expectations, which sets out her expectations of VAHI in relation to the Victorian Government’s commitments to ensuring that all Victorians, irrespective of their economic circumstances, receive world-class health care.
Page last updated: 07 Jan 2020