Oncologist Dr. Belinda Yeoh and a patient


Risk management

Effective risk prevention and management are vital components of a successful health service.

Every day Austin Health encounters many risks that impact on the success of our services and the safety of our patients, staff, visitors and contractors. We deliberately identify and manage these risks to maximise opportunities for improvement and to prevent or minimise losses or harm.

By definition, ‘risk management' is a planned, sequential and systematic process for identifying, analysing and treating risks. It has two distinct phases of action:

  • developing strategies to prevent or manage the likelihood and impact of something happening with a view to eliminating the risk or if this is not reasonably practicable, then reducing or minimizing it, as far as is reasonably practicable
  • responding appropriately if, despite all efforts to avoid this, the event does occur.

For risk management to be truly effective, it must be an integral part of an organisation's culture. At Austin Health, we are committed to integrating the principles of risk management into everyday decision-making and work practices.

The Austin Health Clinical Risk Management Strategy targets preventable adverse events and encourages a systems approach in examining contributory factors leading to these events. This strategy marks a shift in the traditional approach of adverse event management from one that in general focuses on individuals, to one that focuses on the conditions under which adverse events occur.