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This mod­ule pro­vides a brief intro­duc­tion to the con­cepts of clin­i­cal gov­er­nance and resources to sup­port remote health pro­fes­sion­als in imple­ment­ing clin­i­cal gov­er­nance sys­tems in rur­al or remote health services.

Clin­i­cal gov­er­nance’ refers to gov­er­nance in a health­care set­ting, which has the goal of estab­lish­ing sys­tems across the organ­i­sa­tion that lead to safe, high-qual­i­­ty health care, and nur­tur­ing the con­tin­u­ous qual­i­ty improve­ment of services.

Clin­i­cal gov­er­nance involves the whole team, includ­ing clin­i­cians, man­agers, health depart­ments, admin­is­tra­tive staff, vol­un­teers, and com­mu­ni­ties. It includes the estab­lish­ment of col­lec­tive and col­lab­o­ra­tive process­es and sys­tems that artic­u­late respon­si­bil­i­ties and account­abil­i­ties for qual­i­ty care and safe health outcomes.

This mod­ule will take around 2 hours to com­plete and will con­tribute to your CPD. It fre­quent­ly refers to the Aus­tralian Com­mis­sion on Safe­ty and Qual­i­ty in Health­care, the pri­ma­ry source of infor­ma­tion on clin­i­cal gov­er­nance in Australia.