World Patient Safety Day

"Patient Safety is about strong leadership and teams that work together. It is also about respectful and compassionate conversation and communication to ensure we all understand patient safety is our top priority. It's everyone's business."

Carrie Marr, Chief Executive, Clinical Excellence Commission

Join the CEC in marking World Patient Safety Day with activities on this year's theme:

'Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety'


According to World Health Organization, the COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally including health care associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death. Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm.

The CEC recognises that safety and well being of healthcare staff is critical to the health and wellbeing of patients. This year we're offering four webinars introducing and sharing expertise on improving the workplaces at the front line of health care.

Get involved on Social Media #oursafetyhuddle

Let us see what happens in your workplace. Share photos of your safety huddles, tagging the CEC's Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and using the hashtag #oursafetyhuddle.

Join us for a webinar

Human Factors and the 'Dirty Dozen'

Maintaining personal safety while ensuring patient safety can be challenging. Identifying risks and the potential for errors becomes even more important. The Human Factors 'Dirty Dozen' is a concept developed by Gordon DuPont describing elements that can act as precursors to accidents or incidents, or influence people to make mistakes. In this webinar we will look at ways you can identify risks or 'hot spots' in your area of work and then discuss with your team to reduce, eliminate or mitigate the risks. Read more about Human Factors.

How Safety Fundamentals for Teams improves patient and staff safety

Effective teamwork and communication are foundational elements in a culture of safety and are key elements of high reliability organisations. Our inability to communicate effectively within teams and with patients and their carers is directly linked to patient harm. Safety Fundamentals are practical tools, most of which require a short implementation time and have the potential to bring quick measurable gains. In this webinar we introduce the fundamentals of Safety Fundamentals. Read more about Safety Fundamentals.

Schwartz Rounds: An evidence based well-being program for health worker safety

Schwartz Rounds are a type of structured group forum where clinical and non-clinical staff meet regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects of working in healthcare. Schwartz Rounds provide an opportunity to take 'time-out' to reflect on work in a collegial and safe space. Unlike other initiatives such as group reflective practice or clinical supervision, the purpose is not to solve problems or to focus on the clinical aspects of patient care. This webinar is presented by Karen Patterson, Director of Capability and Culture at the Clinical Excellence Commission with guests including Anne-Marie Hadley, Chief Patient Experience Officer with NSW Health and guest speakers. Read more about Schwartz Rounds.

Living through a pandemic: challenges and lessons learnt

Infection Prevention and Control refers to evidence-based practices and procedures that, when applied consistently in healthcare settings, can prevent or reduce the risk of transmission of microorganisms to healthcare providers, clients, patients, residents and visitors. The CEC's busy HAI team will share their knowledge and new learnings from the COVID-19 experience. Read more about Infection Prevention and Control.

World Patient Safety Day (17 September) is an initiative of the World Health Organization and first held in 2019.