BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit

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The BreastSurgANZ Quality Audit (BQA) aims to improve the quality of care by surgeons for patients with early and locally advanced breast cancer in Australia and New Zealand.

Participants can self-assess their clinical performance against set Key Performance Indicators and also compare certain data against peers. Research into breast cancer treatment and outcomes using de-identified audit data also forms an important part of the audit's value.

Breast Surgeons of Australia and New Zealand (BreastSurgANZ), directors of the audit, require Full members to submit data on all cases of early and locally advanced breast cancer.

Background

This audit was formerly directed by the Breast Surgery Section of the College as the National Breast Cancer Audit. It was originally initiated as a pilot study in 1998 and has been running continuously since then.

The database currently contains over 150,000 episodes of breast cancer, with over 300 surgeons contributing data each year from across Australian and New Zealand.

Legal protection for collected data

The audit has been declared a Quality Assurance Activity under the Commonwealth Health Insurance (Quality Assurance Confidentiality) Amendment Act 1992 in Australia and has been declared a Protected Quality Assurance Activity under the Health Practitioner's Competence Assurance Act 2003 in New Zealand. The purpose of this legislation is to ensure that data that becomes available as a result of the activity cannot be disclosed (in reports or publications) in a manner that identifies a participant surgeon.

Who can participate

Full members of BreastSurgANZ are automatically allocated an audit account for collecting and submitting data.

Non-member access to the Online Portal for their own self-audit purposes is also available for a fee; however, non-members are not considered participants of the audit nor are they provided with the other benefits and services of participation (beyond Help Desk support).

Benefits of participating

Use the BQA Online Portal to:

  • collect and store patient data
  • produce summaries of individual breast cancer cases
  • assess practice against key performance indicators
  • benchmark against peers
  • export cases to Microsoft Excel for further analyses

Other benefits include:

Contact us

Contact the helpdesk at:

Email: breast.audit@surgeons.org
Telephone: +61 8 8219 0918
Fax: +61 8 8219 0999