Doctor Resources and Guides

Guidance on clinical handover

The AMA has developed this guide - Safe Handover: Safe Patients - to provide doctors, hospitals and members of the healthcare team with a resource to assist them in their efforts to improve patient safety. The guide is the first of its type published in Australia, and has been developed from a similar guide prepared by the British Medical Association. It is generally agreed that clinical handover is neither well taught nor well practised in Australia - so this guide is a big step forward. It provides practical guidance to those doctors and hospitals who are seeking to improve their handover processes.