Guidelines and Standards


  • ANZ Guideline for Hip Fracture Care
    ANZ-Guideline-for-Hip-Fracture-Care-smallThe Australian and New Zealand Guideline for Hip Fracture Care is designed to help professionals providing care for people with a hip fracture to deliver consistent, effective and efficient care. Every person with a hip fracture should be given the best possible chance of making a meaningful recovery from a significant injury and strategies should be put in place to reduce the occurrence of future falls and fractures. The recommendations reflect the journey of a person with a hip fracture and take into account their perspective, as well as the perspective of their family and carers.
    Administrative Report
    AdministrativeReport smallThe Australian and New Zealand Guideline for Hip Fracture Care is designed to help professionals providing care for hip fracture patients to deliver consistent, effective and efficient care. The ultimate goal is to ensure that every hip fracture patient is given the maximum chance of making a meaningful recovery from a significant injury. The purpose of the Guideline is to provide clear and concise evidence-based recommendations on a number of aspects of hip fracture care, which if applied, are likely to lead to improved outcomes for the patient as well as delivering cost-effective care. The Guideline is adapted from an existing high quality current guideline, the NICE clinical guideline The Management of Hip Fracture in Adults,1 and modified for the Australian and New Zealand context. The anticipation is that it will form the basis for developing measurable standards of care for hip fracture patients in Australia and New Zealand.
    Technical Report
    TechnicalReport SmallThis document outlines the methods used to develop the Australian and New Zealand Guideline for Hip Fracture Care (ANZ Hip Fracture Guideline).
    Public Consultation Submissions Summary
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    Dissemination Plan
    The primary goal of this Guideline is to provide an up-to-date evidence base for improving the quality of care of hip fracture patients across Australia and New Zealand. The Guideline is intended for use by the large number of clinical staff involved in the care of hip fracture patients. This includes specialists (emergency medicine physicians, anaesthetists, surgeons, geriatricians, general physicians and rehabilitation physicians) as well as nurses and allied health professionals. It is also of relevance to those with managerial and administrative roles which impact on the organisation and delivery of care. Patients, their families and carers may also find this Guideline of use and there are plans to produce a summary document which articulates the recommendations in a manner that is appropriate for patients and their family/carers. A shortened version of the Guideline will also be produced for clinicians.

  • A hip fracture is a break occurring at the top of the thigh bone (femur), near the pelvis. An estimated 19 000 people in Australia over the age of 50 were hospitalised due to a hip fracture in 2011-12. As the Australian population continues to age, the number, and associated burden, of people admitted to hospital with a hip fracture is expected to increase annually.

    The Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard and accompanying resources were launched in September 2016, and provide guidance to consumers, clinicians and health services on delivering appropriate care to people with a hip fracture.

    Implementation Resources

    These resources can be used to promote and explain what the Hip Fracture Care Clinical Care Standard means to health services, clinicians, patients and their carers.