The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare has developed the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights for all people receiving, seeking or delivering health care in all settings in Australia.

The Charter summarises the basic rights that all patients and consumers are entitled to receive when accessing health care services:

  • Access
  • Safety
  • Respect
  • Communication
  • Participation
  • Privacy
  • Comment

A shared understanding of these rights between consumers and those working in health care contributes to the provision of safe and high quality care.

Download: Roles in Releasing the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights (PDF File - 114k)
About the Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights: A guide for patients, consumers, carers and families (PDF File - 1235k)

Still having difficulties?

The Charter is available in alternative versions including audio and Braille and has been translated into a wide variety of community languages, which are available on the Commissionís Website.