National accreditation standards
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has progressed the implementation of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme. This accreditation scheme includes 10 new National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards. Updates are available on the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s website.
Implementation time frame
Full implementation of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards commenced 1 January 2013.
Implementation of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards in Victoria: update August 2013
Victorian public hospitals and public health services in scope will be reporting under this accreditation scheme. The implementation of the national standards commenced on 1 January 2013. Health services in scope will be assessed against the national standards at their next survey (mid cycle survey or full survey).
To support health services undertaking accreditation during 2013, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is making available a number of additional services and resources. This information can be found on the Australian Commisson on Safety and Quality in Health Care’s website.
Accreditation Regulatory Response
The Accreditation - Performance Monitoring and Regulatory Approach Business Rules provides public health services with the Department of Health’s regulatory response to accreditation within the context of the Health Services Act 1988. The regulatory response outlines how the Department and health services address issues arising out of an accreditation survey, including ‘not met’ core actions, identification of ‘significant risks’, and health services ‘not being awarded accreditation’ following the rectification period.