Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

We, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, acknowledge the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we work, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.

NSQHS Standards Actions to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has defined six actions that specifically meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.  These actions were defined following a comprehensive consultation process.  Their implementation will help orientate the health system to provide all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with the health care they need. The objective is to improve the health outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to a level consistent with other Australians.  

The User Guide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health was developed for health service organisations implementing the NSQHS Standards. The user guide provides practical strategies for implementing the six actions. It also provides practical examples from across Australia that demonstrate that these actions can be, and are being, implemented in health service organisations.

Leave events

Leave events1 occurs when a patient leaves a service before being fully assessed or treated.

The Commission has been invited to progress work on reducing the rate of leave events by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples commenced by states and territories. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Advisory Group has been established to guide this work. 

The proposal is to develop a practical guide for health service organisations to decrease the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people having leave events when presenting for care.

 

1The Commission acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people consider the term "Take Own Leave" offensive and therefore it has been replaced with leave events.