A new age of governance … or not?
Clinical governance can be supported through effective regulatory design - and setting minimum standards. However, clinical governance is not just about compliance.
It has been acknowledged in the context of aged care reforms that an ‘improved approach to regulating aged care will go beyond compliance to foster a culture and practice of continuous improvement to deliver higher quality care that better supports the wellbeing of senior Australians.’ Indeed, clinical governance is aspirational, and a culture of continuous improvement should be embedded in any care organisation - not only at the point of care through to management, but also within the governing body.
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