Accreditation provides assurances to the community that healthcare services meet the expected standards for safety and quality. It is a formal program where trained independent reviewers assess evidence of implementation for specified standards.
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The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is responsible for formulating and administering model national accreditation schemes for healthcare services that relate to healthcare safety and quality matters. This involves:
- Formulating rules for the accreditation scheme
- Providing oversight to the accreditation process through the approval of accrediting agencies and managing their performance
- Working to ensure consistent, high-quality assessments across accrediting agencies approved to conduct assessments
- Evaluating the effectiveness of accreditation schemes using assessment outcome data
- Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme
Provides for the accreditation of safety and quality standards developed by the Commission, including:
- National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
- National Safety and Quality Primary and Community Healthcare Standards
- National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards
- The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme
The National General Practice Accreditation Scheme to supports the consistent assessment of general practices to the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Standards for general practices.
- Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme
The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme supports the consistent assessment of diagnostic imaging practices to the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme Standards.
- Pathology accreditation standards
The pathology accreditation standards used in Australia protect the public from harm and ensure consistency in pathology practice.