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Posted on 04 Dec 2018

On 14 November we were proud to release Victoria’s first report on quality and safety in private hospitals to the states’ private hospitals.

Since our establishment in 2017, VAHI has produced regular quality and safety reports for Victorian public health services. This new report continues our work to implement recommendations from Targeting zero, which identified the need to provide quality and safety analytical reports for both public and private hospitals.

The new report was developed by VAHI in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services Private Hospitals Unit, Safer Care Victoria, and representatives of the private hospital sector via VAHI’s Private Hospital Report Advisory Committee. We’d like to thank all of the committee members who contributed to the development of the report.

The report contains quality and safety information across four areas:

  • maternity and newborn care
  • unplanned readmissions
  • hospital acquired complications (HACs)
  • mortality.

VAHI is particularly proud to have broken some new ground with this report, which will flow on to public health service reports in 2019. VAHI has linked data to ensure that unplanned readmission measures in the report capture readmission to any Victorian hospital (i.e. to the same hospital, another private hospital or a public hospital). Currently, VAHI’s public health service reports only capture readmissions to the same hospital, so this will provide a significant enhancement on current methodology for reporting unplanned readmissions. VAHI plans to introduce the readmission to any Victorian hospital measure into our reporting for public hospitals in the 2019–20 financial year.

The new private hospital report includes information on reporting of sentinel events to Safer Care Victoria, which became mandatory for Victorian private hospitals on 1 July 2018. It also provides information to support preparations for healthcare-associated infections, which private hospitals will need to report from 1 July 2019.

The report was distributed to private hospital CEOs, and Directors of Medicine and Nursing.

VAHI’s Executive Director, Health Performance Reporting, Kira Leeb says, ‘The engagement from many in the sector has been fantastic. We’ve received some great feedback since releasing the report, with several private hospitals letting us know it has prompted them to review their data more closely.

‘We look forward to continuing our work with private hospitals towards our shared goal of providing better and safer care for all Victorians.’

If you have any questions about, or feedback on, the report, please contact us via  vahi@vahi.vic.gov.au.

Page last updated: 04 Dec 2018