New ACSQHC guidance for clinicians on obtaining valid informed consent

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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed new guidance for clinicians on how to obtain informed consent in health care.

Recognising the importance of informed consent for providing safe, high-quality care the Commission has developed a fact sheet to support the health system and ensure that healthcare providers have a shared understanding of the principles and practice of obtaining informed consent.

Good clinical practice involves ensuring that informed consent is validly obtained and appropriately timed. Properly obtaining informed consent is a legal, ethical and professional requirement for all health professionals and supports person-centred care.

Download: Informed consent in health care fact sheet 

The fact sheet provides information on the key principles for informed consent, how to obtain valid informed consent, principles for assessing legal capacity, information on legal obligations, and links to further information and useful resources.

Developed with clinicians in mind, the fact sheet may also be applied broadly across health systems and health service organisations.

To find out more, visit safetyandquality.gov.au/informed-consent

last updated: 
Wednesday, 16 September, 2020