Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality

Australian and New Zealand Audit of Surgical Mortality

A national clinical audit managed by The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) in collaboration with: Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Australia and New Zealand College of Anaethetists (ANZCA).

The RACS Council is committed to a national surgical mortality audit program that has been modeled on the successful Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality (WAASM) since 2005.

The principal aims of the audit are to inform, educate, facilitate change and improve quality of practice within surgery. The primary mechanism is peer review of all deaths associated with surgical care. The audit process is designed to highlight system and process errors and to identify trends in surgical mortality. It is intended as an educational rather than a punitive process.

Contact: Mr Gordon Guy, ANZASM Manager, Research, Audit and Academic Surgery Division, Royal Australasian College Of Surgeons -


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