The Australian Charter of Healthcare Rights describes the rights of patients and other people using
the Australian health system. These rights are essential to make sure that, wherever and whenever
care is provided, it is of high quality and is safe.
The Charter recognises that people receiving care and people providing care all have important parts to play in achieving healthcare rights. The Charter allows patients, consumers, families, carers and services providing healthcare to share an understanding of the rights of people receiving health care. This helps everyone to work together towards a safe and high quality health system. A genuine partnership between patients, consumers and providers is important so that everyone achieves the best possible outcomes.