8 June 2018
The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards user guide for health services providing care for people with mental health issues (‘the guide’) is designed to supplement the existing guides that the Commission has produced to support implementation of the NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.). The guide highlights the actions in the NSQHS Standards with high relevance to mental health. It provides practical examples from across Australia that demonstrate how health services are addressing the mental health needs of people in their care.
Will the actions identified in this guide support health services to deliver health care to people with mental health issues?
You are invited to provide feedback on the whole resource, or alternatively, specific components of the resource that are important to you. Included below are questions to guide your feedback, though you are not restricted to answering these questions and should feel free to offer additional suggestions. There is no word limit for your responses.
Submitting your feedback
Our preferred method for receiving your feedback is by:
You may also mail your responses to:
Mental Health User Guide Consultation
GPO Box 5480
Sydney NSW 2001
If you have any questions in relation to this consultation, please contact Andrew Moors on (02) 9126 3590, or email@example.com
Consultation on this resource will run until 14 July 2018.
21 May 2018
The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is seeking feedback on the draft guide for governing bodies. The guide is intended to provide advice to governing bodies exercising their governance responsibilities in the implementation of the NSQHS Standards. The guide outlines the actions in the NSQHS Standards that require health service organisation leaders, especially members of the governing body, to act.
Consultation on this resource will run until COB Friday, 22 June 2018.
Submitting your feedback
When providing feedback, please reference the specific resource, Standard, item and/or action.
Our preferred method for receiving your feedback is by online survey. Alternatively, feedback can be provided by:
Please do not submit your feedback as tracked changes to a copy of the resource, due to difficulties in analysing feedback provided in this way.
If you have any questions in relation to this consultation process please contact the Commission on 1800 304 056 or NSQHSstandards@safetyandquality.gov.au.
1 February 2018
The Commission has released the Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) as the final stage of a consultation process undertaken by the Commission to review the first edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.
The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) assessed the Decision RIS as compliant with the Australian Government’s RIS requirements and accepted the Commission’s recommendations.
The second edition of the NSQHS Standards was released in November 2017. The NSQHS Standards (second edition) addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.
The Commission has developed resources to support health service organisations to implement and prepare for assessment to the NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.). These resources are available for download from the Commission’s website.
The NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.) will be assessed from 1 January 2019.
30 November 2017
The Commission has released Advisory A17/02: Batch control identification system for dental practices and services to clarify the implementation requirements for dental practices and services applying Action 3.17.1, which requires a health service organisation to have a traceability system to enable identification of patients on whom reusable medical devices are used. Read more…
3 November 2017
The Commission has released Advisory A17/01: Antimicrobial stewardship to clarify requirements for the Preventing and Controlling Health Care Associated Infections Standard in the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) (first edition) relating to antimicrobial stewardship. Read more…
18 October 2017
Feedback from state and territory regulators and chief executives of health service organisations has identified concerns with some aspects of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme, including its ability to reliably verify an organisation’s safety and quality systems. Read more…
Last updated: 14 June 2018