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This policy outlines individual, health service and SCV responsibilities when responding to an adverse patient safety event.

Please align your policy to this. 

Who does this policy apply to?

All public and private health services, including services under their governance structure.

This includes:

  • Ambulance Victoria
  • bush nursing centres 
  • Forensicare (Thomas Embling Hospital)
  • public sector residential aged care facilities 
  • hospital in home services
  • private day surgery facilities.

What is an adverse patient safety event?

An incident that resulted in harm to a person receiving care (Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care [ACSQHC]). Harm includes disease, suffering, impairment (disability) and death.


Get in touch

Sentinel event program
Safer Care Victoria
1300 543 916

Page last updated: 13 Nov 2020

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