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The Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (VSCC) identifies avoidable causes of mortality and morbidity relating to surgery.

It also investigates and reports on surgery-related matters and concerns raised by Safer Care Victoria and the Minister for Health.

The VSCC supports the work of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) into all deaths under surgical care.

Read more about VASM here.

The role of VSCC

The legislated functions of VSCC include:

  • monitoring, analysing and reporting on matters specified under the Act
  • considering, investigating and reporting on any matter specified by the Minister for Health, the CEO of Safer Care Victoria or the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services
  • liaising with other Consultative councils on any matter relevant to the functions of the council
  • improving public health and wellbeing by publishing and disseminating relevant information and practical strategies identified by the council
  • publishing an annual report on the activities of the council.

During its 2015-18 term VSCC will:

  • consider the findings and recommendations of the Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM), managed by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • provide strategic advice and recommendations to improve the quality and safety of surgical services in Victoria
  • distribute information to support and promote clinical and system-wide performance improvement.

Page last updated: 01 Oct 2021