Australian Patient Care Standards

The Australian Patient Care Standards are an important resource to guide health professionals to improve the care they provide for people impacted by mitochondrial disease (mito). The standards have been adapted for Australia based on the standards published by the Mitochondrial Medicine Society. Mito Foundation will work with mito specialists to raise awareness of the standards and use these as the basis to provide the best possible care for the mito community.

How To Use The Patient Care Standards

The Patient Care Standards are designed to be a conversation starter with your health professional(s). Please note, not all recommendations will apply to you - some tests may come with risks or an out of pocket expense so please act on the advice of your health professional(s).


Mito Foundation is working to update its resources to incorporate the Patient Care Standards, this will include useful guides to the standards for mito community members. In the meantime, for assistance with understanding how the standards apply to you, please contact the Mito Foundation Helpline.

Resource For Mito Community - Monitoring Mito

This resource describes recommendations for monitoring of different body systems that could be involved in mito. Consider taking a copy with you to help the conversation with your GP or health professional(s). You can use it to work with your care providers to develop a plan to manage your health.

Not all the recommendations will apply to you. Some tests can come with risks and cost you money, so it is important to work with your health professional(s) to avoid tests you don't need.

Future Work With The Patient Care Standards

Monitoring Mito stemmed from work Mito Foundation completed with Macquarie University aiming to help educate health professionals and mito community members about the recommendations identified in the Patient Care Standards, published in late 2021.

This work is shining a spotlight on several areas for improvement:

  • People impacted by mito and their family members spend significant effort negotiating and advocating to get the care they need
  • Mito specialist health services vary in their approach to providing information after a diagnosis of mito, including variation in providing emergency plans and management plans
  • While having letters and written management plans is important, patients and family members struggle to get other health professionals to read them
  • It is particularly challenging to find GPs and allied health professionals who are interested in providing care to people with mito
  • People impacted by mito and their family members need more support accessing the NDIS and other sources of non-medical support

These insights were compiled from the following paper, if you wish to learn more: The long and winding road: perspectives of people and parents of children with mitochondrial conditions negotiating management after diagnosis.


The Patient Care Standards is part of Mito Foundation's commitment to improving health systems for the mito community. You can learn more about the work on our Driving Change webpage.