CHP PhD Completion: June 18th – Characteristics of effective governance of healthcare quality in Australian public hospitals

Monday June 18, 2.30-3.30pm
Seminar Room 515 – Level 5, 207 Bouverie Street, Carlton

Presenter: Alison Brown

Supervisors: Prof. Margaret Kelaher, A/Prof Helen Dickinson

Patients are sometimes harmed while receiving hospital care. Hospital boards have a role in ensuring that preventable harm is minimised. However, reviews of high profile hospital failures indicate that boards sometime fail to act.

Using a comparative case study approach the characteristics of effective governance of healthcare quality in Australian public hospitals were investigated. The research demonstrates that processes of healthcare governance are more complex that previously described. Cases are found to differ in their level of engagement in these governance processes. Factors influencing engagement in the work of governance are explored, guided by a conceptual framework drawn from team literature. The research finds that effective governance of healthcare quality is characterised by boards and senior managers who are highly engaged in governance tasks, have a shared focus on healthcare excellence, are vigilant in their scrutiny of healthcare quality and make time to reflect on their effectiveness.

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