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2021
Publication, report or update

This document presents the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards released in November 2017 and updated in May 2021.

2021
Guide, user guide or guidelines

The NSQHS Standards Workforce Immunisation Risk Matrix can be used by health service organisations to assess their workforce for risks associated with vaccine preventable disease transmission and develop actions to mitigate these risks.

2021
Advisory

The purpose of this advisory is to describe the minimum requirements for health service organisation compliance with Action 3.14 following the introduction and subsequent revision by Standards Australia of AS/NZS 4187:2014 Reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations.

2021
Guide, user guide or guidelines

The purpose of this document is to provide practical guidance for managers and clinicians responsible for credentialing, and for determining and managing a clinician’s scope of clinical practice. This guide supports but does not replace or supersede state, territory or organisational policies, by-laws or rules on credentialing.

2021
Guide, user guide or guidelines

The Multi-Purpose Services Aged Care Module (the MPS Aged Care Module) has been developed by the Commission in collaboration with the Australian Government, state and territory departments of health, and the Commission’s Multi-Purpose Services Project Advisory Committee. The MPS Aged Care Module describes, in six actions, the requirements of the Aged Care Quality Standards not covered by the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. It is only applicable to eligible MPS and was endorsed by the Australian Health Minister’s Advisory Council on 7 February 2020.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

The purpose of this fact sheet is to describe the requirements for implementation of the the Multi-Purpose Services Aged Care Module as part of the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme.

2021
Publication, report or update

This literature review describes the evidence regarding the burden of disease associated with sepsis in the Australian population and the impacts of sepsis on people who survive. Evidence for interventions to improve recovery and reduce sepsis morbidity is also described.

2021
Job advertisement

The Senior Project Officer, General Practice and Primary Care will be responsible for leading the work on coordinating the implementation of the NGPA Scheme as well as contributing to broader activities to support the National Standards Program to:

  • Provide ongoing support and resource development for health services implementing the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards
  • Develop the National Safety and Quality Primary Health Care Standards and resources to support implementation of the standards.

Successful candidates will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Excellent policy development and project management experience relevant to safety and quality in health care, particularly in general practice and the primary care sector
  2. Demonstrated high level research and analytical skills
  3. Demonstrated excellent writing skills, including the ability to write high quality documents for a variety of audiences and in different formats
  4. Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, in particular, an excellent ability to consult and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  5. A high level of knowledge and comprehensive understanding of key safety and quality issues relevant to health care in particular the primary care sector
  6. Relevant tertiary qualifications.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply. Questions about the role can be directed to Margaret Banks (02) 9126 3684 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight Wednesday, 10 March 2021. Only complete applications will be considered.

2021
Job advertisement

The Senior Project Officer, National Standards will be responsible for the day to day work of the National Standards program projects including: 

  • Supporting the development of Standards and accreditation, including in primary care
  • Managing  projects to implementing the second edition of the NSQHS Standards and develop additional Standards for aged care, primary care and other sectors
  • Stakeholder management
  • Secretariat support and stakeholder management of meetings and workshops
  • Preparing project plans, procurement documentation, briefs, report, meeting papers, minutes and budgets.

Applicants will need to be able to demonstrate:

  1. Excellent policy development and project management experience relevant to safety and quality in health care and/or accreditation of health service organisations
  2. Demonstrated high level research and analytical skills
  3. Experience in the management and or development of education and training programs
  4. Demonstrated excellent writing skills, including the ability to write high quality documents for a variety of audiences and in different formats
  5. Demonstrated highly developed communication and interpersonal skills, in particular, an excellent ability to consult and negotiate with a wide variety of stakeholders
  6. A high level of knowledge and comprehensive understanding of key safety and quality issues relevant to accreditation of health service organisations
  7. Relevant tertiary qualifications.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply. Questions about the role can be directed to Margaret Banks (02) 9126 3684 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Wednesday 10 March 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. 

2021
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, sentinel events, collective leadership for safety culture, peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICCs), complaints, diagnosis, early warning systems, clinical deterioration, opioids, digital health and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of BMJ Quality & Safety and Nursing Leadership, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality & Safety and International Journal for Quality in Health Care and the latest from the UK’s NICE.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

The purpose of this checklist is to assist assessors when reviewing meeting minutes and other documentation during an assessment of clinical governance in a health service organisation. It provides a guide to the types of data that governing bodies should be reviewing.

2021
Publication, report or update

The Commission has developed a consultation paper for National Safety and Quality Mental Health (NSQMH) Standards for Community Managed Organisations (CMOs).

2021
Audit, monitoring or reporting tool

The Multi-Purpose Services Aged Care Module is a monitoring tool that is part of a suite of resources to assist multi-purpose services (MPS) to implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards Multi-Purpose Services Aged Care Module.

2021
Publication, report or update
2021
Job advertisement

The Commission is seeking a non-ongoing Senior Project Officer to be responsible for leading the work on the assigned work plan deliverables and the development of resources as required as well as contributing to broader activities to support the National Standards Program. This will include undertaking research and analysis of information, project management, policy development, stakeholder management, facilitation of meetings, preparation of project documentation and collaborating with other relevant programs within the Commission.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Highly developed research, strategic analysis and interpretation skills
  • Highly developed and excellent project management skills and experience, including a sound ability to manage multiple priorities, recognise common links, identify and manage risks and align key objectives
  • Qualification as a health professional with clinical experience desirable.
  • Experience in analysing evidence and developing conceptual models and approaches to complex problems
  • High quality experience in policy development at a national or state level and preferably within a healthcare context.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are encouraged to apply.  

Questions about the role can be directed to Margaret Banks (02) 9126 3684 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Tuesday 11 May 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. Auto-generated applications will not be considered.

2021
Job advertisement

The Commission is seeking a non-ongoing Project Officer (for a period of up to 12 months) to support the development and implementation of the National Safety and Quality Digital Mental Health Standards project. The Project Officer will be a member of the eHealth and Medication Safety team and will work collaboratively with other relevant programs.

Under the direction of the Project Manager, the Project Officer will be expected to work with limited supervision, within a team context and with internal and external stakeholders. The position requires excellent skills in communication, problem solving, time management and research and would suit a high performing candidate.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Excellent project management, time management and organisational skills
  • Effective and well-developed interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to present, negotiate, influence and consult
  • Knowledge of the Australian healthcare system and an understanding of issues regarding safety and quality in health care
  • Experience facilitating the work of committees, and engaging and communicating with stakeholders
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications desirable.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply.

Questions about the role can be directed to Ben Prest (02) 9126 3571 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight 20 May 2021. Only complete applications will be considered.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This fact sheet provides users with information on the alignment of the actions and criteria from the 2017 Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infections Standard (2017 Standard) to the 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard (2021 Standard).

2021
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, decision aids on antibiotic use, sustainability, medication reconciliation, telehealth, mental health, patient report outcome measures (PROMs), and more.

Also covered are the latest issues of the Journal of Patient Safety, Health Expectations, and Healthcare Policy, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality and Safety and the latest from the UK’s NICE and the USA’s AHRQ.

 

2021
Advisory

To clarify the requirements for the transition between the 2017 Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard of the National Safety and Quality Health Services (NSQHS) Standards and the 2021 Preventing and Controlling Infections Standard.

2021
Job advertisement

The Senior Project Officer will be responsible for leading the work on the assigned work plan deliverables and the development of resources. As the Senior Project Officer will also be required to contribute to broader activities to support the National Standards Program. This will include undertaking research and analysis of information, project management, policy development, stakeholder management, facilitation of meetings, preparation of project documentation and collaborating with other relevant programs within the Commission.

The successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • Excellent project management, time management and organisational skills
  • Effective and well-developed interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to present, negotiate, influence and consult
  • Knowledge of the Australian healthcare system and an understanding of issues regarding safety and quality in health care
  • Experience facilitating the work of committees, and engaging and communicating with stakeholders
  • Masters level qualifications is desirable.

Candidates must be Australian citizens to be eligible to apply.

The filling of this vacancy is intended to constitute an affirmative measure under Section 26 of the Australian Public Service Commissioner's Directions 2016. This vacancy is open only to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.

You are required to provide confirmation of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander heritage. This evidence may be provided as part of your application or at a later stage of the recruitment process.

Questions about the role can be directed to Margaret Banks (02) 9126 3684 or email ACSQHCHR@safetyandquality.gov.au.

Closing date for applications is midnight, Wednesday 23 June 2021. Only complete applications will be considered. Auto-generated applications will not be considered.