Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard

More than 900,000 colonoscopies are performed in Australia annually. The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard describes the safe, appropriate and high-quality use of colonoscopy. 

Webinars for health professionals

The Commission has conducted a number of educational webinars to promote the use of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard and highlight resources developed by the Commission to help with its implementation. Find out more about the webinars.

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard includes nine quality statements and a set of indicators for safe and appropriate care. 

  • For consumers, the standard describes what to expect when you’re referred for a colonoscopy 

  • For clinicians, the standard outlines the evidence-based recommendations for high-quality care

    • Find out what the standard says about clinical practice, quality, documentation and recertification, watch a webinar and download referral templates and other resources at Information for clinicians.

  • For health service organisations implementing the standard 
    • Find out how to meet the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.  Review assessment requirements, fact sheets, tools and other implementation resources for health service organisations at Information for health service organisations.

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard – Quality statements

Download information resources

You can download the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard in full from the following link:

  • 2020
    Publication, report or update

    The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard was amended in 2020. The update included the addition of a fourth indicator for sessile serrated adenoma detection. 

Pilot project

The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard is being implemented in public and private hospitals and day procedure centres nationally as part of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards (2nd edition). The Commission engaged with primary care, the private healthcare sector and jurisdictions to undertake piloting of the standard across the sectors

Background

The development of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard was recommended as part of the Safety and Quality Model for Colonoscopy and was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health. It has been endorsed by 10 key professional organisations and colleges including the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).

More information

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