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The safety of Australian healthcare: 10 years after QAHCS

Ross McL Wilson and Martin B Van Der Weyden
Med J Aust 2005; 182 (6): 260-261.

We need a patient safety initiative that captures the imagination of politicians, professionals and the public

Nearly 10 years have elapsed since the Journal published the ground-breaking Quality in Australian Health Care Study (QAHCS)1. With its disturbing findings, the study seared “patient safety” into the public’s psyche. The QAHCS methodology focused on the safety aspects of healthcare quality, without providing systematic data on other domains, such as access, efficiency and acceptability, and provided only some insight into effectiveness and appropriateness of care. The role of QAHCS was to estimate the size and nature of the problem of unsafe healthcare.

  • Ross McL Wilson1
  • Martin B Van Der Weyden2

  • 1 Northern Centre for Healthcare Improvement, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, NSW.
  • 2 The Medical Journal of Australia, Strawberry Hills, NSW.


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