Public hospital accreditation in Victoria
Public hospital accreditation aims to continuously maintain appropriate standards of care and quality improvement. Accreditation results are used to identify improvements to Victoria’s healthcare system and evaluate the effectiveness of statewide quality and safety strategies.
The Department of Health has promoted accreditation of acute hospitals as a significant component of its quality policy since 1993. Since 1 July 2000 all Victorian public hospitals are required to be accredited.
In Victoria the ten National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards apply to:
- all public hospitals, including small rural health services
- public dental services in community health services
The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards apply to public mental health services delivered by Victorian public hospitals. It is also an expectation that public mental health services will continue to be required to be accredited against the 2010 National Standards for Mental Health Services.