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Posted on 07 Jun 2018
Clinical/acute care

Clinicians wanting to learn about delivering best practice care for heavy menstrual bleeding can now access key resources, including videos and presentations.

In partnership with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, Safer Care Victoria held a forum on Heavy menstrual bleeding: Delivering best practice care on 7 May 2018 in Melbourne.

The forum showcased the Heavy menstrual bleeding clinical care standard, the first nationally agreed standard of care for women with this condition.

The standard, along with videos, presentations and other key resources from the event are now available from the Commission’s website.

The Commission and representatives who developed the standard, including a consumer, presented on the impact of heavy menstrual bleeding and best practice management of the condition. Presentations also explored evidence on effective and minimally invasive treatment options and providing women with balanced information so they can make the right choices for themselves.

The development of the clinical care standard is a key resource to support the Victorian health sector to address variation in care. Drawing on the work of the Commission, Safer Care has commenced a hysterectomy variation project to explore the factors contributing to statewide variation. While some variation is natural and can reflect individualised, responsive care, this project will examine whether other issues, such as access to alternate treatment options, may be playing a role.

An interdisciplinary working group is being established to lead this work, beginning in western Victoria. The group will include representation from local health professionals and the community, and their work will be informed by further data analysis as well as knowledge of the local health system.

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Rebecca Doherty