IIA-Australia White Paper - Clinical Governance and Assurance


Andrew Cox MBA, MEC, GradDipSc, GradCertPA, DipBusAdmin, DipPubAdmin, AssDipAcctg, CertSQM, PFIIA, CIA, CISA, CFE, CGAP, CSQA, MACS Snr, MRMIA

Dr Meredith Caelli PhD, PMIIA, GradCertIA, GradCertBusAdmin



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White Paper


This White Paper has been written to describe the concept of clinical governance based on existing Australian standards. It goes further by suggesting that existing standards would benefit from inclusion of more formal, holistic and proactive assurance as an integral component of clinical governance activities, and this should be recognised within the relevant standards.

Key Points

  1. To be effective and safe, clinical practice needs to have strong governance together with complementary assurance activities to independently validate clinical outcomes.
  2. Consideration should be given to more formally defining a health care organisation’s assurance environment. This would strengthen data provided to decision-makers, providing a full suite of assurance information, especially independently validated data from outside the line management structure.

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