The Victorian Consultative Council on Anaesthetic Mortality and Morbidity (VCCAMM) was established in 1976 and works closely with anaesthetists and hospitals to reduce avoidable causes of morbidity and mortality related to anaesthesia.
Receiving reports of anaesthesia-related adverse events
Anaesthesia-related deaths and illnesses can be reported by anaesthetists and anaesthetic departments directly to the Council.
Reviewing cases to identify areas for improvement
The Council reviews case reports and uses its findings to improve the safety of clinical practice.
It may also investigate and analyse any matter referred by the Minister for Health, Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services.
Providing advice on quality and safety
The council provides advice to the Minister for Health, Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services on avoidable causes of morbidity and mortality related to anaesthesia.
It publishes a triennial report - the key mechanism for publishing themes and recommendations identified by the council.
VCCAMM receives support from both the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.
During the 2015-2018 term VCCAMM will:
- review and monitor anaesthetic related mortality and morbidity through the promotion of voluntary reporting of cases by medical officers, hospitals and other sources such as the Coroners Court of Victoria
- monitor and interpret trends of anaesthetic mortality and morbidity
- identify systemic issues that may challenge the quality of care and outcomes for anaesthesia and identify opportunities for system-wide improvement to support the work of the department
- provide strategic advice and recommendations to improve the performance of anaesthetic services in Victoria
- advise on specific matters referred to the council by the Minister for Health and Safer Care Victoria as required.