Established in 2001, the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council (VSCC) reviews causes of avoidable mortality and morbidity associated with surgery and provides feedback to the medical profession on any systemic issues it identifies.
Receiving reports of surgical deaths and injuries
Surgeons and clinicians are encouraged to report any significant injuries that occur as a result of or in association with an operative procedure.
Investigating and reviewing
The Council monitors, reviews and analyses reports of surgery-related mortality and morbidity.
It also investigates any matter referred by the Minister for Health, Safer Care Victoria and the Department of Health and Human Services.
monitors, matters and concerns raised by Safer Care Victoria and the Minister for Health.
Recommending improvements to Victorian surgical practice
The Council reports publicly on the quality and safety of surgical services in Victoria, providing advice, recommendations and practical strategies to improve.
These reports are a key way the Council distributes information to support and promote clinical and system-wide performance improvement.
Supporting the work of VASM
The Victorian Audit of Surgical Mortality (VASM) seeks to review all deaths associated with surgical care. The Council considers the findings and recommendations of VASM.
It is a collaboration between the Department of Health, the Victorian Surgical Consultative Council and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.