The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard was revised in 2020. The update included the addition of a fourth indicator for sessile serrated adenoma detection.
Credentialing, certification and re-certification of colonoscopists
Certification (of training) and recertification (of ongoing competency) in adult colonoscopy are now mandatory for all practitioners working in health service organisations being assessed to the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition). Download the following fact sheet for information for clinicians on certification and re-certification.
Quality statement 3 in the clinical care standard states that a patient should receive adequate information and provide informed consent before starting bowel preparation. Find out what informed consent means for colonoscopists.
A referral template for clinicians when referring patients for consideration for a colonoscopy. The template outlines relevant required information to support decision-making as described in Quality Statement 1 of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard.
This resource provides guidance on the information a specialist should provide in the follow-up letter to a GP (and patient) when reporting a patient's colonoscopy results.
What indicators are used for quality improvement?
A set of indicators has been developed to assist with local implementation of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard. These indicators align with the performance indicators for certification and recertification developed by the Conjoint Committee for the Recognition of Training in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (CCRTGE) and the Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), and can be used for quality assurance.
The Commission has conducted a number of webinars to promote the use of the Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard and highlight resources developed by the Commission to help with implementation. Find out more about the webinars.
User Guide for the Review of Clinical Variation in Health Care
The Commission has developed a NSQHS Standards User Guide for the Review of Clinical Variation in Health Care to support health service organisations implement Action 1.28 of the NSQHS Standards. The user guide explains how health services can work with their clinicians and use data to improve the appropriateness of clinical care. It describes six key steps for implementing Action 1.28, includes practical case studies and provides a wide range of resources to support health services review clinical variation.
How was the clinical care standard developed?
The Colonoscopy Clinical Care Standard was developed in collaboration with a multidisciplinary expert Topic Working Group including clinicians and consumers. It has been endorsed by 10 key professional organisations and colleges including the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP), Gastroenterological Society of Australia (GESA), the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS) and the Colorectal Surgical Society of Australia and New Zealand (CSSANZ).
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.
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.