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Advancing Indigenous Healthcare: Exploring the Role of Clinical Governance

The Clinical Governance challenge is to support safe and quality clinical care and outcomes for all older people in need. The accreditation for Clinical Governance was endorsed by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research AH&MRC and funded by the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO). Clinical Governance complies with an extensive range of policies and procedures, ensuring many responsibilities and planning and monitoring to improve mechanisms that allow global care for older people.The primary purpose is to optimise all consumers’ well-being and quality of life with a person-centred approach and emphasise quality care based on needs, goals, and preferences. It is a massive advancement for indigenous people as their culture is respected, and their needs are better understood. Indeed, Clinical Governance provides the framework for the workforce and visiting practitioners to organise and structure all aspects of their healthcare program according to each individual and their cultural background. This post will explore the role of clinical Governance and its benefits. 

The Role of the Clinical Governance Framework 

  • Governance, leadership and culture: aligning organisational structures and processes to ensure accountability, transparency and effectiveness in healthcare delivery is a significant aspect of Clinical Governance leadership. Integrating corporate governance principles into its framework while fostering a culture of safety and improvement enhances patient outcomes and experiences. Incorporating cultural considerations ensures that healthcare practices are sensitive to communities’ diverse needs and preferences.
  • Patient safety and quality improvement systems: This proactive approach involves continuous monitoring, evaluation, and feedback loops to develop the best initiatives for patient safety. A safety-centered priority is a must to ensure the quality of health care.  
  • Clinical performance and effectiveness: Having a healthcare force with the right qualifications and skills and providing supervision to deliver safe, high-quality patient care is essential to be effective and performant. Performance monitoring and feedback help identify areas of improvement and are valuable tools for addressing gaps in clinical performance. 
  • Safe environment for care delivery: Getting healthcare for older people can be stressful, so it is crucial to promote a safe environment where they will feel comfortable coming and receiving high-quality care. 
  • Partnering with consumers: The established system makes every effort to collaborate with families and patients. It helps to partner with consumers and caregivers and obtain reliable planning, design, measurement and evaluation. 

This framework was designed so that health services can provide the best health care and organisation to their consumers. It is beneficial for every health service organisation to support a culture that focuses on having the following: 

  • Strong strategic and cultural leadership of clinical services: Develop and improve opportunities in cultural leadership that prioritise safety and quality and support continuous improvement. 
  • Responsible management of safety and quality of care may involve delegating specific management authority to enhance this purpose. 
  • Reliable processes and clinicians: It is crucial to provide a performant system for care delivery and to engage workers in designing, monitoring and developing these systems. 
  • Effective data management: Data and information must be collected to support the better performance of the health service organisation. 
  • Well-designed systems: their function and quality are a must to identify and manage clinical risk. 

Summary 

The advancement of Indigenous healthcare through Clinical Governance is a significant step toward giving access to safe, high-quality care that respects cultural needs and preferences. Clinical Governance promotes a holistic approach to healthcare delivery by prioritising patient safety and quality improvement systems. Clinical Governance supports a strong strategic and cultural leadership with reliable processes and clinicians, ultimately benefiting Indigenous communities and healthcare organisations. 

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