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Raising Awareness About Patient Safety in Primary Care

Written by Sharon Willcox, 1999–2000 Australian Harkness Fellow

In August 2010, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care released a discussion paper on patient safety in primary care. The paper seeks to map potential safety issues arising in primary care, as well as describing some of the solutions being developed and implemented in Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and by the World Health Organization's World Alliance for Patient Safety. The Commission is seeking responses to the discussion paper from various stakeholders in order to identify priority areas for discussion and development. It also provides information on the newly developed Australian National Safety and Quality Framework, the national model for safety and quality accreditation and a range of other programs targeting safety improvements in primary care.


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