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Open Consultations

Consultation on the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards user guide for health service organisations providing care for patients with cognitive impairment or at risk of delirium and supporting resources

Closed Consultations

Consultation on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards user guide for health services providing care for people with mental health issues

Consultation on the NSQHS Standards (second edition) guide for governing bodies now closed

Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)

Updates

Advisory A17/02: Batch control identification system for dental practices and services

Advisory A17/01: Antimicrobial stewardship

Review of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme

 


Open Consultations

Consultation on the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards user guide for health service organisations providing care for patients with cognitive impairment or at risk of delirium and supporting resources

 

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards user guide for health service organisations providing care for patients with cognitive impairment or at risk of delirium (the user guide) outlines the actions in the second edition of the NSQHS Standards that support safe and high quality care for patients with cognitive impairment or at risk of delirium. The main purpose of the user guide is to suggest strategies that health service organisations can consider for implementation that are linked to NSQHS Standards.

The Commission has developed four resources to support the user guide. These resources build upon A better way to care resources, reflecting new evidence, a wider cognitive impairment scope and the second edition of the NSQHS Standards:

The Commission is seeking feedback on the resources, which can be provided either by completing the survey or by providing a written response to cognitive.impairment@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Your comments will be kept confidential and only used for the purpose of this review.

Consultation on these resources will run until 2 November 2018.

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Closed Consultations

Consultation on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards user guide for health services providing care for people with mental health issues

The consultation on the NSQHS Standards (second edition) guide for health services providing care for people with mental health issues is now closed. Thank you to the individuals and organisations who provided feedback.

The Commission is now reviewing the information received during the consultation process. This information will be used to finalise the guide.

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Consultation on the NSQHS Standards (second edition) guide for governing bodies now closed

2 July 2018

The consultation on the NSQHS Standards (second edition) guide for governing bodies is now closed. Thank you to the individuals and organisations who provided feedback.

The Commission is now reviewing the information received during the consultation process. This information will be used to finalised the guide.

The consultation draft released in May 2018 is included below. This draft is currently being revised based on feedback received during the consultation process. The revised draft will be released later this year.

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Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS)

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.

Decision RIS (PDF 356KB) (Word 209 KB)

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Updates

Advisory A17/02: Batch control identification system for dental practices and services

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…

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Advisory A17/01: Antimicrobial stewardship

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…

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Review of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme

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…

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