Open disclosure

Despite the best intentions of our highly skilled and committed health professionals, occasionally things go wrong. When a patient is harmed in a WA hospital, there is a professional and ethical responsibility on the part of health practitioners to communicate with the patient about the clinical incident that has occurred.

Open disclosure describes the way clinicians communicate with and support patients, their family and carers, who have experienced harm during health care. Open disclosure is a patient right which is anchored in professional ethics, considered good clinical practice and is part of the care continuum.

In February 2021, the WA Open Disclosure Policy was rescinded with WA Hospitals and Health Service Providers now required to follow the Australian Open Disclosure Framework (external site). The Framework outlines a requirement for services to have policies and procedures in place.

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Patient Safety and Clinical Quality
Address: 3 Forrest Place, Perth
Phone: 6373 2212
Email: RoyalST.PSCQ@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 07-09-2021
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Patient Safety and Clinical Quality