To be the standard for clinical data and audit practice; to improve quality of care through realising the full potential of surgical data and audit activities



To ensure the highest possible standard of data collection and analysis by bringing a consistent and disciplined approach to surgical audit and data management processes 

To engage and support surgeons to help them embed prospective audit into routine clinical practice


REAL data with REAL meaning

Reliable & relevant: Surgical data that is timely, useful, reliable and relevant

Effective & efficient: Data processes and systems that are effective, efficient and add value to the clinical service

Advance: Advancing the standards of surgical data at RNSH through specialised support and expert advice

Lead: Leading the way in surgical care and outcomes at RNSH through accurate audit and performance

Key objectives of the DASO Unit are to:


  • Develop a collaborative approach to surgical audit and data activities by establishing key networks and links with already existing data sets, and data management and governance bodies both internally and externally

  • Ensure that audit processes for all surgical departments meet RACS models of Best Practice for Surgical Audit

  • Overcome barriers to surgeons participating in data and audit activities by providing appropriate and relevant support and increasing access to resources at all levels throughout the Division of Surgery & Anaesthesia

  • Develop processes for reviewing surgical audit and data management needs, and establish criteria for allocating DASO Unit resources (e.g. part time financial support for data managers)

  • Coordinate surgical data management and audit staff so that there is consistency, where possible across the Division, ensuring the same quality data service is being received by all departments

  • Develop and standardise systems used for analysis and reporting of data management and audit processes and outcomes

  • Develop special data support and audit capability for focused surgical audits that will foster clinical research

  • Identify through surgical audit some of the educational and training requirements and professional development opportunities for surgical staff at RNSH


For more information click here to read the DASO Unit Strategy document

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