Safety and quality under activity based funding and activity based management

What is activity based funding and activity based management?

Activity based funding (ABF) and activity based management (ABM) relate to the way the health service is funded by the Government.

ABF/ABM ensures delivery of safe, high quality health services for the WA community.

In July 2010, WA Health began funding health service providers (including Area Health Services and hospitals) according to activity.

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to commence ABF nationally in July 2012. Read the Heads of Agreement – National Health Reform (external site).

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What is the role of safety and quality in ABF/ABM?

High quality safe care usually costs less and is better for the patient.

Managing clinical risk and improving clinical quality plays a central role in patient outcomes and system efficiency. This is achieved through a range of safety and quality programs, policies and initiatives throughout WA Health.

The development of safety and quality indicators is an important part of the performance management and monitoring under ABF/ABM.

More information

Quality Improvement and Change Management Unit
Address: 189 Royal Street, East Perth
Phone: 9222 4080
Email: qicm@health.wa.gov.au

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Quality Improvement and Change Management Unit