World Patient Safety Day

Patient Safety Day
September 17, 2020

If you've driven past KEMH at night this week you'd have noticed the Harvey House entrance of the hospital is adorned in orange to raise awareness of Patient Safety Day.

Recognising Patient Safety as a global health priority, in 2019 the World Health Assembly endorsed the establishment of World Patient Safety Day to be marked an annual event.

World Patient Safety Day 2020, the focus is upon health worker safety, addressing the importance of health worker safety across health systems worldwide.

With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the challenges health workers are currently facing, such as increased risks of infections, violence, accidents, stigma, illness and death, it is important that we recognise the value of health worker safety and its interrelationship with patient safety.

Promoting the efforts made by healthcare workers who are continuously providing safe healthcare every single day for their patients, we are joining the World Health Organisation in lighting up local landmarks orange in honour of all healthcare workers and their commitment to safety.   

In acknowledgement of the importance of healthcare worker safety, various public places across Perth such as Council House, Matagarup Bridge, and Elizabeth Quay will be illuminated from sunset on September 17 as a gesture of respect and gratitude to all the health workers who are committed to patient and workplace safety.

For more information about World Patient Safety Day, visit https://www.who.int/news-room/events/detail/2020/09/17/default-calendar/world-patient-safety-day-2020