The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Australian Commission) has developed a clinical care standard for hip fracture care. The Health Quality & Safety Commission has worked in partnership with the Australian Commission to support the consultation process and is now pleased to support the final document. A copy of the clinical care standard, and accompanying clinician and consumer fact sheets, can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
The clinical care standard plays an important role in supporting the delivery of evidence-based care for patients with a hip fracture as well as reducing unwarranted variation in care, and promoting shared decision making between patients, carers and clinicians. We encourage all hospitals to join this national effort to improve hip fracture care.
The Commission’s interest in supporting a clinical care standard for hip fracture care aligns with our reducing harm from falls programme, where hip fracture is a serious fall-related harm affecting one of our most vulnerable population groups.
It complements our partnership in New Zealand with the Accident Compensation Corporation and the Ministry of Health in a ‘whole of system’ approach to falls and fracture prevention, and to improving services for older people. Other initiatives include the introduction of fracture liaison services and the hip fracture registry across New Zealand hospitals.
Videos from the launch of the clinical care standard for hip fracture care are available on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhp7VzGsl66nhhL2z-TCNlAqMyZQeTgeB.
For further information about the clinical care standard in the New Zealand context, please contact Dr Shankar Sankaran, Consultant Geriatrician, Counties Manukau Health, and the New Zealand representative on the clinical care standard topic working group. Phone: 09 276 0000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like further information about participating in the registry, please contact Chris Pegg, the national registry coordinator by email: email@example.com or mobile: 021 943 541.