For Health Service Organisations - the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard

The Commission has developed information about assessment to the NSQHS Standards and resources to support implementation of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard.

Information about assessment to the NSQHS Standards

Implementing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard is a requirement for all health service organisations assessed against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, specifically Action 3.15. Health service organisations have until 1 January 2022 to implement the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard.

What the quality statements mean for health service organisations

Indicators

A set of indicators has been developed to assist with local implementation of the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard. 

Detailed specifications for the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard is  available on METeOR. METeOR is an Australian web-based repository of nationally endorsed data and indicator definitions, hosted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)

The link to each METeOR specification is available on the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard Indicators page.

Implementation resources

Use these resources to implement and promote the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard. 

  • 2020
    Guide, user guide or guidelines

    This fact sheet explains what the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard means for clinicians and for patient care.

  • 2020
    Guide, user guide or guidelines

    This consumer guide explains what the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard means for consumers, and what they can do to have an active role in their care.

  • 2020
    Publication, report or update

    The 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard describes the key components of care for patients who have an infection or who or at risk of an infection. It contains eight quality statements and ten indicators.

  • 2018
    Advisory

    The purpose of this advisory is to update accrediting agencies of health service organisations’ requirements for the Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-associated Infection Standard in the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard (second edition) relating to antimicrobial stewardship, specifically in relation to surgical prophylaxis.

Upcoming resources

A number of resources are under development including:

  • Advisory AS20/03: Implementing the 2020 Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard which describes the assessment requirements for Action 3.15 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards for health service organisations implementing the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard
  • A fact sheet for health service organisations, which will describe what the standard means for health service organisations.

More information

If you have any questions about the Antimicrobial Stewardship Clinical Care Standard please email ccs@safetyandquality.gov.au