Two years ago, this Government accepted in principle all the recommendations of the Targeting zero review that found that, while Victoria offers some of the best health care in the world, there were gaps and failings in quality and safety.
In the past year, we have made good on our commitment to implement solutions to eliminate avoidable harm and strengthen quality of care, establishing in particular Safer Care Victoria (SCV) and the Victorian Agency for Health Information (VAHI).
Dedicated to monitoring and improving quality and safety, VAHI has taken up its work with a clear vision to build an accurate picture of public and private health service performance, ensuring public information and data are accessible across government agencies, organisations and individuals.
In this establishing year, there have been significant achievements towards our promise to put patient care front and centre of everything we do.
These improvements include the successful transitioning from the Department of Health and Human Services the Monitor and PRISM reports as well as responsibility for the Victorian Health Experience Survey program and the Health Data Integrity program.
VAHI has also developed the quarterly Inspire report to support clinical governance across health services and hospitals, and launched the Board safety and quality report.
This year it made available its first patient experience report and the new Better safer care website was launched as a joint home for VAHI and SCV.
This first year provides a strong foundation to deliver a better, safer health system for all Victorians.
I thank Dr Diane Watson, CEO of VAHI from January 2017 to January 2018, for setting up the agency and enabling these achievements. And I also want to thank and welcome Dr Lance Emerson, appointed in February, who will take VAHI’s important work forward.