Venous Thromboembolism Prevention

VTE Prevention Program Launch

5 September 2014

On Friday, 5 September 2014, the CEC proudly launched the Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Prevention Program at the Pullman Hyde Park Hotel, Sydney. The 100 guests included a diverse mix of clinicians from Emergency Departments, in-patient and post-operative wards, as well as clinical governance and health executives from across the state.

The launch coincided with the upcoming release of the revised Prevention of Venous Thromboembolism policy directive and the accompanying tools and resources developed by the CEC. A/Prof Brian McCaughan, Chair of the CEC and Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Boards, opened the launch, recounting his professional experiences with venous thromboembolism as a cardiothoracic surgeon and the importance of early prevention in the post-operative setting.

International keynote speakers from the National Health System (NHS) in England, Prof Roopen Arya, Director of King's Thrombosis Centre and Chair of the National VTE Programme Board, and Helen Morrison, National VTE Prevention Programme Manager, shared their extensive experience of their world-renowned VTE prevention programme. They discussed the rationale of the program, their journey over the last ten years, what worked and didn't work and the improvements they have been able to achieve in patient safety outcomes nationally.

The CEC presented the tools and resources which have been developed to support all NSW facilities, and encouraged collaborative work to continue to address this patient safety priority. Other topics covered throughout the day were discussions on VTE prevention in the Emergency Department, in-patient and post-operative ward settings, an account of implementation of VTE prevention strategies, and the importance of reporting VTE as an incident. The team from eHealth also provided insights into the new features of eMR2 and the work they are doing with the CEC to integrate VTE assessment into the system.

The VTE Prevention Program aims to help reduce the risk to patients of developing a blood clot during hospital admission. The program raises awareness, improves clinical practice, and promotes the risk assessment of all patients and prescription of appropriate treatment to help prevent development of a VTE.

For further information, please visit the CEC's VTE Prevention page.


Prof Roopen Arya


Ms Helen Morrison


CEC team and keynote speakers (from left): Dr John Sammut, Ms Kate Roper, Dr Peter Kennedy,
Ms Nina Muscillo, Ms Fiona Bailey, Ms Lillian George,Prof Roopen Arya, Ms Helen Morrison

Session Presentations

Dr Kim Hill,
Chair CEC VTE Prevention Program Expert Advisory Group
Executive Medical Director Western Sydney Local Health District
Venous Thromboembolism Prevention in NSW - Summary of the Clinical Focus Report

Professor Roopen Arya,
Director of King's Thrombosis Centre and Chair of the National VTE Programme Board
Ms Helen Morrison,
National VTE Prevention Programme Manager, NHS England
The National VTE Prevention Programme in England

Ms Lillian George,
Medication Safety and Quality Project Officer, Clinical Excellence Commission
VTE Prevention Program

Professor John Fletcher,
Professor of Surgery, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital
Patient and doctor engagement: a missing link in preventing venous thromboembolism

Dr John Sammut,
Clinical Advisor, Clinical Excellence Commission
Senior Emergency Physician, Concord Emergency Department
Director HDU and Clinical Executive Director, Canterbury Hospital
VTE Prevention in the Emergency Department Setting

Ms Cate Malone,
A/Manager Patient Safety Program, Clinical Excellence Commission
Incident Investigation and VTE