CONSULTATION ON THE NSQHS STANDARDS GUIDES FOR HEALTH SERVICES

CONSULTATION ON THE NSQHS STANDARDS GUIDES FOR HEALTH SERVICES

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is currently seeking comment on the draft guides that have been developed to assist heath service organisations implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. These Standards were endorsed by Australian Health Ministers in September 2011.

The NSQHS Standards aim to improve the safety and quality of care for patients and provide a clear statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health services.

The Commission developed the guides to support health services better understand what is required to meet the NSQHS Standards and to provide information about tools and resources that may be of use.

You are invited to make a written submission on one, or all, of the draft Guides.

A copy of the consultation paper is available to download as well as the guides for:

Hospitals

Day Procedures Services

Dental Practices

These documents and details on how to make a submission can be accessed on the Commission’s website at http://www.safetyandquality.gov.au

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Submissions can be sent by post or email. All written submissions should be received by close of business on Thursday 15 December 2011 to be considered in the consultation process.

All written submissions will be published on the Commission’s website, including the names and/or organisations making the submission. The Commission will consider requests to withhold part or all of the contents of any submission made.

As part of the consultation process, the Commission is also conducting a pilot study of the guides. A sample of health services across the country will conduct a self assessment using the NSQHS Standards and then provide feedback to the Commission about the content and format of the guides.

Please forward this request through your email networks to health services and stakeholders interested in reviewing and/or commenting on the Guides.

Questions relating to submissions should be directed via email to NSQHSStandards@safetyandquality.gov.au or by calling the Commission on (02) 9126 3600.

Please note:

AICA members provided a significant contribution to the development of the new NSQHS Standards (Standard 3) and will be providing a co-ordinated response to the Commission on this section of the Standards ONLY: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections. Please send your comments for inclusion to the AICA Secretariat at admin@aica.org.au no later than COB Friday December 9th 2011.