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 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 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.

Take own leave

The Commission has been invited to progress work on Take Own Leave commenced by states and territories. A working group is being 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 ‘taking own leave’ when presenting for care. Take own leave occurs when a patient leaves a service before being fully assessed or treated.