Clinical governance in aged care: Why it matters and how it supports safe, high-quality care

In a 2022 survey conducted by ARIIA, the Australian aged care workforce identified clinical governance as a priority topic for the sector. This was also supported in discussions with key organisations and stakeholders.

Clinical governance describes the leadership behaviours, policies, procedures, responsibilities, relationships, planning, monitoring and improvement mechanisms that facilitate safe, quality clinical care and good clinical outcomes for each consumer.

The Knowledge and Implementation Hub (the Hub) has gathered evidence on why clinical governance matters in aged care, along with learning and practical resources. These knowledge packages can support the aged care workforce in delivering safe, high-quality care to older Australians.

The Hub content on clinical governance is based on:

  • A rapid narrative review of published research literature outlining why clinical governance matters in aged care and the barriers and facilitators associated with its use.
  • An environmental scan for high-quality, freely accessible Australian resources to support the learning and practice needs of the sector.

This work was guided by an advisory group of researchers with expertise in the topic and people with experience in the sector. These issues and themes are based on the findings from the narrative review.

To help put this into context we have also created a theme on the role and significance of clinical governance in aged care. These evidence themes are intended to provide general guidance for the aged care sector on the purpose and value of clinical governance in aged care and strategies and processes to encourage uptake and practice.

This new topic is now available on the Knowledge and Implementation Hub, making it the tenth priority topic in aged care to receive focused attention from the Hub.

ARIIA - Aged Care Priority Topics: Content release timeline

Applications for Round 6 of the ARIIA Grants program is now open

The ARIIA Grants program funds research that addresses gaps in aged care workforce capability and knowledge, with clinical governance added as a priority area in the latest round.