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Posted on 29 Oct 2020
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Despite a challenging year for Victorian healthcare, there have also been many achievements and improvements.

Released today, the Safer Care Victoria annual report 2019-20 opens by thanking healthcare workers for their continued efforts to provide safe care to Victorians.

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While many of our projects were placed on hold and our staff redirected to support the coronavirus (COVID-19) response, the report highlights many positive outcomes, including:

  • achieving Victoria’s lowest stillbirth rate in almost two decades, first through the 2019 Movements Matter campaign and now through our Safer Baby Collaborative – which alone saved 13 lives in five months at participating sites
  • preventing long-term complications from severe perineal tears during births, with third- and fourth- degree tears falling by 20 per cent at our partnering Better Births for Women Collaborative sites
  • reducing harm from delirium in older people, showing increases in screening, and reductions in falls and hospital stays. 

These are just our biggest improvement projects. We also:

  • ran or funded 40 healthcare improvement and innovation projects
  • conducted or coordinated 13 major reviews into healthcare safety and governance, and released clinical guidance on 35 topics
  • delivered a wide range of training to more than 2000 people and hosted 77 events, including the state’s first sector-wide quality and safety improvement conference.

We welcome any feedback on our performance and this report to communications@safercare.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 10 Nov 2020