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Improving appropriateness of care

Clinical care standards aim to support the delivery of appropriate care, reduce unwarranted variation in care, and promote shared decision making between patients, carers and clinicians.

Clinical care standards target key areas where opportunities exist to better align clinical practice with the best available evidence. They identify and define the care people can expect to be offered or receive, regardless of where they are treated in Australia. Each clinical care standard includes up to 10 quality statements outlining best-practice care. Clinical care standard indicators are developed to help health service organisations and clinicians monitor the care they provide, as part of their quality improvement processes.

In 2019–20, the Commission completed development of three clinical care standards: the Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard, the Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears Clinical Care Standard, and the Cataract Clinical Care Standard. These standards will be released in 2020–21.