In 2015, the Department of Health appointed the Commission to develop a safety and quality model for colonoscopy. The appointment was made in the context of the expanded screening of the Australian Government National Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
A high quality colonoscopy should be safe, effective, appropriate and accessible.
The Commission developed a draft safety and quality model for colonoscopy through a consultation process and a review of Australian and international experiences, from October 2015 to July 2016. The consultation included:
Stakeholders identified the need for the colonoscopy safety and quality model to address:
A draft model has been developed which incorporates three key elements:
The colonoscopy clinical care standard would be implemented in public and private hospitals and day procedure centres, and its implementation required under the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standard 1 – Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations.
The Commission undertook a public consultation on a safety and quality model for colonoscopy in August 2016. Submissions were received from a wide range of stakeholders including individuals, professional and peak organisations, hospitals and other health services.
The Commission will review all feedback in order to finalise the Colonoscopy Safety and Quality Draft Model for recommendation to the Board, jurisdictions and to the Australian Government Department of Health.