The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights of patients, consumers and other people using the Australian healthcare system. These rights are essential to make sure that, wherever and whenever healthcare is provided, it is of high quality and is safe.

The Charter was developed by the Healthcare Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare in consultation with the health sector, government and health consumer groups, and adopted by federal and state health ministers in July 2008.

Prior to this date Victoria had the Victorian Public Hospital Patient Charter and incorporated much of the material from that charter into the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights in Victoria.

For more information about your rights and responsibilities as a public hospital patient go to Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

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