The NSQHS Standards Assessor Orientation Course is a free online course for anyone wanting to learn about the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (second edition). The course is self-paced and includes case studies, videos and tips for using the NSQHS Standards. Eleven modules cover an Introduction to the NSQHS Standards, Assessing Safety and Quality Systems, the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme, and each of the eight standards.
Please follow this link to access the enrolment form. Use this form to enrol or re-enrol/transfer courses. Enrolment to Course 3 (2019B) and Course 4 (2019C) is now open.
|Course number||Enrolments open||Enrolments close||Course starts||Course finishes|
|3 (2019B)||March 2019||31 August 2019||1 May 2019||31 October 2019|
|4 (2019C)||March 2019||30 October 2019||1 July 2019||31 December 2019|
There are three options for enrolment:
To obtain a certificate of completion, users must finish the course by the end date. Assessors must provide a copy of their certificate of completion to their accrediting agency before they are eligible to assess a health service organisation using the NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.).
The following table summarises the course requirements for each stream.
|Assessor||Other – Requiring completion certificate||Other – Not requiring completion certificate|
|Must complete all 11 modules||Yes||No||No|
|Must submit answers to all questions to progress through each module||Yes||Yes||No|
|Must contribute to Discussion Boards||Yes||No||No|
|Will have responses to short answer questions reviewed by the Commission||Yes||No||No|
|Will be provided with a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the course||Yes – if satisfactorily completed||Yes||No|
|Will be provided with individual module certificates||No||Yes||No|
|Must complete additional modules in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency||Yes||No – these modules are only available for assessors||No – these modules are only available for assessors|
Visit www.assessororientation.safetyandquality.gov.au to access the course. It is recommended that users have access to the latest version of Internet Explorer, Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers and that pop-ups are enabled.
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards Orientation Course was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) to assist assessors and representatives from Australian health service organisations better understand the intent of the NSQHS Standards and the processes of accreditation that are described in the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme.
These standards and accreditation requirements do not apply in any other country. The NSQHS Standards were written specifically for the Australian health care context and may not be used in any other country without the written permission of the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.
Last updated: 15 May 2019