Information for health service organisations - Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard

Information for health service organisations to guide care and monitor improvement using the clinical care standard - and resources to support implementation.

The quality statements in the Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard describe the key components of patient care. By describing what each statement means, they support health service organisations to understand the policies, procedures and organisational factors that can enable the delivery of high-quality care. Related resources links are included for each quality statement.

Indicators are included for some quality statements to help health service organisations monitor how well they are implementing the care recommended in the clinical care standard.

Quality Statements

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Monitoring the implementation of this clinical care standard will help organisations to meet some of the requirements of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

The NSQHS Standards aim to protect the public from harm and improve the quality of health service provision. They provide a quality assurance mechanism that tests whether relevant systems are in place to ensure that expected standards of safety and quality are met.

Within the NSQHS Standards, the Clinical Governance Standard and the Partnering with Consumers Standard combine to form the clinical governance framework for all health service organisations that applies to all other standards.

Action 1.27b, Action 1.28 and Action 4.15

Under the Clinical Governance Standard, health service organisations are expected to:

  • support clinicians to use the best available evidence, including, clinical care standards (see Action 1.27b)
  • monitor and respond to unwarranted clinical variation (see Action 1.28)
  • identify high-risk medicines used within the organisation and have a system to store, prescribe, dispense and administer high-risk medicines safely (see Action 4.15).

Health service organisations are expected to implement the NSQHS Standards in a way that suits the clinical services provided and their associated risks.

Resources for health service organisations

Communications resources

A communications kit has been developed to support the launch of the Clinical Care Standard. Show your support for the clinical care standard by downloading and sharing the content on your website, social networks or within your health service organisation.