The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare released the Guide to the NSQHS Standards for community health services to support community health services implementing the NSQHS Standards.

The NSQHS Standards are designed to drive improvements in safety and quality in health care nationally. There are 10 NSQHS Standards that cover areas where there is an increased risk to patient safety and where there have been incidents of patient harm as a result of care. Accreditation to the NSQHS Standards is mandatory for all hospitals and day procedure services and a majority of public dental services. Community health services may be included in an accreditation assessment as part of a broader health service organisation.

The release of the Guide to the NSQHS Standards for community health services promotes a consistent and shared understanding of the Standards. The development of the guide and accompanying electronic monitoring tool has been a collaborative process with community health stakeholders nationally. The guide has also been piloted with 35 community health services.

The guide contains information on:

  • preparing for accreditation
  • the national accreditation scheme
  • applicability of the NSQHS Standards to different community health services
  • specific strategies to for implementing the NSQHS Standards in community health settings.

Click here for the Guide to the NSQHS Standards for community health services