Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention

VTE is one of the leading causes of preventable death in Australia. It causes more deaths than breast cancer, bowel cancer or road traffic accidents. Approximately 14,000 Australians develop a VTE each year. Around 5,000 of these cases result in death.

Hospitalisation is strongly associated with the development of VTE. Effective prevention is achieved through standardised assessment of risk factors and the provision of appropriate prophylaxis.

Ensuring all patients are assessed for VTE risk and provided appropriate prophylaxis is essential to every health service's risk management strategy, which should be supported by quality improvement methodology and driven by a multidisciplinary team. The CEC VTE Prevention program tools and resources are available to support health services reduce their incidence of hospital-associated VTE.

The VTE Prevention education program provides an introduction to hospital-associated VTE, including the impact they have on patients and health systems. It also provides an overview of how VTE can be effectively prevented through standardised risk assessment and provision of appropriate prophylaxis.

The VTE Prevention education program is an initiative of the CEC Medication Safety and Quality unit.

Learning objectives

At the end of this education program you will be able to:

  • Understand what VTE is and the impact it has on patients and health systems
  • Describe the six areas of the CEC VTE Prevention framework
  • Recognise the need for a standardised approach for VTE risk assessment and provision of appropriate prophylaxis
  • Recognise the importance of patient/carer involvement and education on the risk of VTE
  • Undertake a VTE risk assessment using the state-wide VTE Risk Assessment Tool
  • Locate, navigate and use the tools provided by the CEC VTE Prevention program to support quality improvement efforts in this area
  • Understand the role of the CEC in supporting VTE prevention in NSW health services

It is our aim to ensure the education we provide is relevant to the needs of the staff who attend. The education program described above is all inclusive; we are flexible in the content covered during the program.

Dates of course

To be negotiated with each individual health service at the time of registration.

Mode of delivery and duration

  • Flexible delivery: face-to-face or WebEx
  • Up to 2 hours

Who should attend

Clinical staff, health managers, and safety and quality personnel.


Evaluation of program

Participants will be asked to give feedback at the end of the program. It is an expectation that all participants complete an evaluation survey so we can continue to improve the education experience.


  • Free for NSW Health Staff

Further information / how to register

Contact the Project Officer, VTE
Phone: 02 9269 5500