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Standards and accreditation for safety and quality in healthcare

SA Health recognises accreditation as an important driver for safety and quality improvement. Through a process of regular assessment and review, accreditation tests that systems are in place and working effectively to promote and support safe patient care and continuous quality improvement.

The SA Health Accreditation Policy Directive (PDF 1.2MB) provides an outline of the mandatory requirements for health services to meet in order to be assessed and accredited against the NSQHS Standards, in compliance with the Australian Safety and Quality Health Service Accreditation Scheme and any other applicable standards.

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards 2nd Edition (PDF 2.03MB) was released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in November 2017.

Health service organisations will be assessed to the second edition from January 2019.

Download the second edition and supporting resources from the Commission. 

The NSQHS Standards page provides information for roles including:

  • assessors
  • clinicians
  • consumers and carers
  • managers
  • members of governing body
  • Safety and Quality Managers. 

NSQHS Standard 2nd Edition resources will be available soon.

The Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme (AHSSQA)

The Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation scheme builds on the strengths of the current accreditation arrangements and provides for the national coordination of accreditation processes.

The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards were developed by the Australian Commission on Safety on Safety and Quality in Healthcare Commission (ACSQHC). The Standards provide a nationally consistent statement of the level of care consumers should be able to expect from health services across priority areas.

The Commission has developed a number of resources to assist health service organisations implement the NSQHS standards.

Contact

Sue Ireland
Associate Director Quality Systems
Telephone: (08) 8226 6114

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