The Commission developed the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards to drive the implementation of safety and quality systems and improve the quality of health care in Australia. The 10 NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health services.
The Commission is working to formulate and monitor safety and quality standards and work with clinicians to identify best practice clinical care, to ensure the appropriateness of services being delivered in a particular health care setting.
The Commission has a strong commitment to promote, support and encourage safety and quality in the provision of mental health services. In 2011, the Mental Health Team was established to ensure a greater integrated focus across existing ACSQHC programs.The mental health team works with colleagues across the range of ACSQHC programs including, Health Service Standards and Accreditation, Information Strategy, Medication Safety and Recognition and Response to Clinical Deterioration.