Information for accrediting agencies

Outlines the information for organisations seeking approval as an accrediting agency under the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme

Consumers and accreditation

Awarding accreditation to a health service organisation provides assurance to the community that the organisation meets expected patient safety and quality standards.

Assessment to the NSQHS Standards

All hospitals, day procedure services and the majority of public community and dental services across Australia need to implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. Assessment to the second edition commenced in January 2019.

NSQHS Standards (first edition) for private dental practices

From January 2019, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has agreed to the continued application of the first edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards for private dental practices until the national primary care health service standards become available.

NSQHS Standards orientation course

This course aims to provide an overview of the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards for assessors and the workforce from health service organisations. It is self-paced and includes learning material such as case studies, videos and tips for implementing the NSQHS Standards.

Implementation of the NSQHS Standards

The primary aims of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards are to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision. When used in assessment 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.

National Model Clinical Governance Framework

The National Model Clinical Governance Framework provides a consistent national framework for clinical governance that is based on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

Resources for the NSQHS Standards

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has developed resources to assist health service organisations align their patient safety and quality improvement programs using the framework of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

The NSQHS Standards

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards provide a nationally consistent statement of the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations.

NSQHS Standards Advice Centre

The Advice Centre provides support for health service organisations, surveyors and accrediting agencies on NSQHS Standards implementation.

Preparing for an assessment to the NSQHS Standards

There are four major steps when preparing for an assessment: get to know the NSQHS Standards, allocate resources and coordinate implementation, select an accrediting agency, and conduct a self-assessment and gather evidence.

NSQHS Standards advisories

An NSQHS Standards advisory is a formal communication from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) to accrediting agencies to provide guidance and direction on the interpretation and/or assessment of the NSQHS Standards.