Clinical governance

Clinical governance describes the leadership behaviours, policies, procedures, responsibilities, relationships, planning, monitoring and improvement mechanisms that facilitate safe, quality clinical care and good clinical outcomes for each consumer. In a 2022 survey conducted by ARIIA, the Australian aged care workforce identified clinical governance as a priority topic for the sector. This was also supported in discussions with key organisations and stakeholders.

The Knowledge and Implementation Hub has gathered evidence on why clinical governance matters in aged care, along with learning and practical resources. These knowledge packages can support the aged care workforce in delivering safe, high-quality care to older Australians.

If the concept of clinical governance is new to you, this short click-through learning module provides a simple overview of its role and value to the aged care organisation.

Clinical governance evidence and resources

The Hub content on clinical governance is based on:

  1. A rapid narrative review of published research literature outlining why clinical governance matters in aged care and the barriers and facilitators associated with its use.
  2. An environmental scan for high-quality, freely accessible Australian resources to support the learning and practice needs of the sector. 

This work was guided by an advisory group of researchers with expertise in the topic and people with experience in the sector.

Connect to PubMed evidence

This PubMed topic search is limited to home care and residential aged care settings. You can choose to view all citations, strongest evidence only (randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews, and guidelines), or free full-text articles.

Navigating the sector

Sometimes you need some background information or to know what is happening in the sector. The Research and Project Supports section has lots of interesting and useful resources to help you start a project, plan a study or run a training session at work.

Research and project supports

Australian projects and initiatives

The Hub has brought together information on current Australian research trials, projects, and initiatives focused on clinical governance.

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