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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
Publication, report or update

The Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard contains 10 quality statements and 13 indicators to guide quality care for the management of cannulas, and is accompanied by supporting resources.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This guide for consumers explains what each quality statement means for consumers, and what you can do to have an active role in your care.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

This fact sheet lists the quality statements for clinicians and provides key discussion points to help involve patients in their care and prevent PIVC-related complications. 

2021
Publication, report or update

The quality statements for the Management of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters Clinical Care Standard are based on best available evidence and guideline recommendations at the time of development. This summary describes the relevance of each evidence source to the quality statements.

2021
Fact sheet or brochure

More than 50% of bowel cancer cases are due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors. The Commission has developed this bowel cancer prevention fact sheet which identifies actions that consumers can take to reduce their risk of bowel cancer and polyps.

2021
Poster or graphic

More than 50% of bowel cancer cases are due to modifiable lifestyle risk factors. The Commission has developed this bowel cancer prevention poster which identifies actions that consumers can take to reduce their risk of bowel cancer and polyps.

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
Newsletter

This issue includes items on COVID-19, consultation on a draft Low back pain clinical care standard, patient experience, patient harm, medications, new guidelines on acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease, new guidelines on otitis media, and more.

Also covered is the latest issue of BMJ Quality and Safety, along with the latest online papers from BMJ Quality and Safety and the International Journal for Quality in Health Care and the latest from the UK’s NICE and the USA’s AHRQ.

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
Poster or graphic

The Third and Fourth Degree Perineal Tears Clinical Care Standard will help to ensure that women receive appropriate treatment and support throughout their childbirth experience.

This infographic outlines key data highlights, as well as commentary from experts in maternity care participating in the Commission's launch event on 21 April 2021.