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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 aligned with our reducing harm from falls programme, which ended in 2018, 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.

Recovering from a hip fracture booklet

The Commission enabled the development of an information booklet to meet the needs of the population in Aotearoa to support the implementation of standard 7 transition from hospital care.

This booklet was developed by people who have experienced a hip fracture using a co design approach and included front line staff who work in this clinical area. The purpose is to provide consumers and their whānau with useful information to help during their recovery.

An important part of the booklet is for the consumer to be able to work through and document a personal plan with their health care team before discharge from hospital. This team may include doctors, nurses, health care assistants, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.

The booklet is available in A4 and A5 size web files and PDF format. The web files are for in-house general printing and the print PDFs are for professional printing.

Further information

For further information about the clinical care standard in the New Zealand context, please contact Dr Sarah Hurring, Consultant Geriatrician, Australian and New Zealand Hip Fracture Registry (ANZHFR) National Clinical Lead 

Email: sarah.hurring@cdhb.health.nz

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Last updated: 31st January 2022