The safety and quality of health care: from Council to Commission

Richard A Smallwood
Med J Aust 2006; 184 (10 Suppl): S39.


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  • Richard A Smallwood

  • Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, The University of Melbourne, VIC.

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