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Posted on 13 Sep 2021
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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 2020-21 opens by acknowledging the International Year of Health and Care Workers and thanking healthcare workers for their continued efforts to provide safe care to Victorians.

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While much of our workforce is still dedicated to supporting the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response, the report highlights many positive outcomes, including:

  • continuing to support the state’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19), working with clinicians and consumers to deliver and share 51 COVID-19 related guidelines and 26 best care guidelines for non-urgent elective surgeries, conduct two safety reviews into the quarantine accommodation program, and track the indirect impact of the pandemic on the healthcare behaviours of Victorians. 
  • monitoring patient safety risks, overseeing health service reviews of 170 sentinel events, conducting seven complex review of our own, sharing weekly summaries of product/medication recalls and issuing 13 high-level alerts to mitigate safety risks in Victorian healthcare.
  • partnering with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to achieve:
    • a 24 per cent (20 lives) drop in the number of stillbirths at health services participating in our Safer Baby Collaborative.
    • a 46 per cent (351 women) reduction in the number of women experiencing severe perineal trauma through childbirth at health services participating in our Better Births for Women Collaborative.
    • a further 250 people trained in best-practice improvement methodology in the past year (640 in total).

We also recommenced a lot of work postponed due to the pandemic, completing numerous improvement projects and releasing clinical guidance on 10 topics.

We welcome any feedback on our performance and this report to

Page last updated: 14 Sep 2021