Marks for Australian Business Awards 2012

MyHealthscope - Accreditation, Quality & Safety

Measures of Hospital Performance

At Darwin Private Hospital, we take quality and safety seriously. To help patients make informed decisions, Darwin Private Hospital publishes a number of safety and quality indicators. This is just one part of our program to continually maintain and improve our high standards of quality and safety.

Quality can be defined and measured in many ways. At Darwin Private Hospital, quality is not just a simple measure – it is a comprehensive look at many aspects of a patient's experience. We have chosen to publish a range of clinical and safety measures which provide you with information about our performance in providing safe, quality healthcare. Click on the links below to view our data.

Many organisations today are measuring quality in health care using varying criteria. Evaluating this information can be difficult and time-consuming since not all measures reflect the same information from one report to another. However, it is important for patients to ask questions and look at quality information to ensure they are getting the efficient and effective care they need.

Darwin Private Hospital supports transparent public reporting of healthcare quality data and actively participates in initiatives of the following organisations.

Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (ACSQHC) – The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission) was established in 2006 by the Australian, State and Territory Governments to lead and coordinate national improvement in safety and quality. Healthscope has representation on the Private Hospital Sector Advisory Committee and several key working groups.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare - The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government under the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.

MyHospitals Website – This website lists all public and private hospitals in Australia, along with information about waiting times for elective surgery and emergency department access. Healthscope has representation on the MyHospitals Development Advisory Committee.

If you would like more information about the pros and cons of public reporting, see: Public Reporting Literature