Speaker Date Topic
Prof Euan Wallace AM May 30, 2017
Safer Care Victoria – its foundation and priorities
Safer Care Victoria – its foundation and priorities

Safer Care Victoria works with patients and health services to take a patient-centred approach to quality and safety improvement. The goal is zero avoidable harm and best possible health outcomes.  It supports health services to improve patient outcomes and achieve the common goal of zero avoidable harm using an integrated approach of surveillance, prevention, and repair.

Safer Care Victoria helps health services to improve quality and safety for individual clinicians, in health services and system-wide. It creates linkages, partnerships and shared learning across Victorian health services, highlighting the many examples of best practice that exist in our diverse services.

The organisation has a strong focus on listening to patients and clinicians, ensuring that patients and patient outcomes remain at the centre of safety and quality initiatives.

Safer Care Victoria also partners with our academic leaders across all health sectors and disciplines to better target research and improvement in clinical governance, healthcare quality and safety, and patient outcomes.

Professor Euan Wallace was appointed as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Safer Care Victoria in October 2016. Safer Care Victoria is leading quality and safety improvement in Victorian public and private health services.

He is a senior clinician with an extensive track record in academic medicine and health service delivery. Graduating from the Edinburgh Medical School, Professor Wallace completed his research and clinical training in Edinburgh before moving to Australia and joining Monash Health and Monash University in 1996.

In the ten years prior to his appointment to Safer Care Victoria Professor Wallace was the Director of Obstetric Services at Monash Health, overseeing the growth of the services so that Monash has become Victoria's largest maternity service and the home to one of two Victorian public homebirth programs. He is widely regarded as one of Australia's leading experts in clinical governance and in safety and quality in maternity services.

Professor Wallace is also the Carl Wood Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Monash University School of Clinical Sciences based at Monash Medical Centre. He leads a perinatal medicine research group in the university's Ritchie Centre and at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research. His research interests are in fetal development, maternal health, stem cell biology and patient safety. He will continue his academic and research roles with Monash University.