The Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality: outcomes from the first 10 years

Diana G Azzam, C Adeline Neo, Franca E Itotoh and R James Aitken
Med J Aust 2013; 199 (8): 539-542. || doi: 10.5694/mja13.10256
  • Diana G Azzam1
  • C Adeline Neo1
  • Franca E Itotoh1
  • R James Aitken1,2

  • 1 The Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality, Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (WA), Perth, WA.
  • 2 Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Perth, WA.



We thank Dr John Field for his statistical advice.

Competing interests:

WAASM was initially funded directly by the WA Department of Health (WADH) on a 3-year trial basis. In 2005, after the establishment of ANZASM, the WADH funded WAASM via the RACS. The contract requires WAASM to provide the WADH with reports, to publish regular case-note review booklets and newsletters and to host symposia. WADH-nominated staff attend WAASM management committee meetings. The WADH has never sought to influence, restrict or manage WAASM’s reports. James Aitken was responsible for establishing WAASM and receives funding for oversight.


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