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VAHI regularly engages with a network of committees and advisory groups that provide advice and expertise to support our decision-making, priorities and product development.

Strategic Advisory Committee

The Strategic Advisory Committee was established in May 2019 to advise the VAHI CEO on future directions and priorities. The committee comprises up to 13 members who bring a range of expert perspectives: from clinicians to health consumers, data experts to health service executives, and from primary care practitioners to researchers.

The committee usually meets quarterly to discuss one topic of focus, such as emerging trends and key priorities within the health sector. VAHI considers feedback and insights from committee members to inform our priorities and work program over a three to five year horizon.

In 2019–20, the committee highlighted opportunities for VAHI to measure and showcase the longer-term impact of our work, along with that of SCV, the Department and health services, in bringing about system improvements. The committee also advised on other data and indicators for VAHI to consider in its reporting to further illuminate quality and safety improvements over time. This includes linking hospital and primary care data to monitor patients’ journeys across the entire health system and better understand how all parts work together to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians.

The committee considered the main quality, safety and population health challenges forecasted to arise over the next three to five years in Victoria, and how VAHI can respond with data and information to address these challenges. Themes highlighted during this discussion aligned with the thinking of VAHI’s leadership team and feedback from partners and stakeholders, and were considered in the development of our 2020–21 corporate plan.

Moving into 2020–21 and beyond, VAHI will continue regular engagement with the Strategic Advisory Committee’s diverse expertise to inform our future direction and priorities.

Clinical Measurement and Reporting Committee

The Clinical Measurement and Reporting Committee (CMRC) was established in 2017 to provide strategic input on VAHI’s work program and reporting products to drive clinical improvements. The CMRC comprises clinicians, consumers, health services executives, and representatives from SCV, the Department and VAHI. Its advice covers:

  • priority domains and areas of focus
  • new measures for development 
  • areas for improvement to existing measures and reporting products 
  • broadening VAHI’s scope as new datasets and information needs are identified 
  • informing VAHI’s transition towards dynamic reporting.

In 2019–20, the CMRC informed many of VAHI’s key priorities, including the development of a new risk-adjusted measure on mortality for acute myocardial infarction, the transition of mortality indicator reporting from national to state-based benchmarking, and the redesign of the Board safety and quality report. Additionally, the CMRC has informed VAHI’s work on broadening the scope of hospital-acquired complications reporting in 2020–21. 

Patient experience, patient reported outcomes and clinical quality registries 

The Patient Experiences and Outcomes Measurement and Reporting Committee (PEOMRC) is one of many forums in which VAHI engages with partners and stakeholders on our patient experience, patient-reported outcomes and clinical quality registry initiatives. The PEOMRC’s work has also been supported by a VHES project advisory group which provided important feedback on the VHES approach to market for a new program administrator. A clinical quality registry (CQR) working group also provides advice on a range of initiatives, including how CQR data may be used to support VAHI’s reporting program. 

Board Reports Advisory Committee 

The Board Reports Advisory Committee’s purpose is to assist VAHI in providing health service board members with information about quality and safety that is meaningful and actionable. This purpose is paramount in enabling health service boards to fulfil their governance role. In 2019–20, the Committee continued to provide valuable feedback around improvements to the Board safety and quality report

Private Hospitals Report Advisory Committee 

The Private Hospitals Report Advisory Committee was created in 2018 to help VAHI maximise the use of quality, safety and patient outcome data in driving improvement in private hospitals. The committee is instrumental in supporting VAHI’s efforts to be responsive to the reporting needs of private hospital sector. 

In 2019–20, the committee continued to provide valuable insights that shaped the development of our Quality and safety in Victorian private hospitals report. Feedback from the committee will be used in the development of future reports, including consideration of additional measures related to sentinel events and patient-reported outcomes. 

Victorian Health Incident Management System 

This year, the VHIMS Analytics Working Group and VHIMS Statewide Tender Advisory Group have provided important advice on the VHIMS reform program, including how VHIMS data should be used for statewide reporting and the development of specifications for the VHIMS statewide tender. VAHI will continue to engage with Victorian public health services through these groups as the VHIMS program of reforms progresses into 2020–21. 

VIME and Portal Project Board 

The VIME and Portal Project Board is the governance body for the development of VAHI’s VIME and Portal program. The board, which comprises representatives from VAHI and the Department, provides continued and valuable oversight of the project as it progresses, with a focus on both current milestones and future direction. This year, the board met on five occasions and endorsed many project deliverables, including the business case, go-live of release 1 and go-live of the release 2 pilot. 

Page last updated: 26 Oct 2020

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