Meeting the National Safety & Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards

Feb 15
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With the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards firmly established, many hospitals across Australia have now been through the accreditation process and are well under way with driving safety and quality systems to improve the quality of health care. 

The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards include the following

  • Standard 1 – Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations
  • Standard 2 – Partnering with Consumers
  • Standard 3 – Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections
  • Standard 4 – Medication Safety
  • Standard 5 – Patient Identification and Procedure Matching
  • Standard 6 – Clinical Handover
  • Standard 7 – Blood and Blood Products
  • Standard 8 – Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries
  • Standard 9 – Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care
  • Standard 10 – Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls 

So far we’ve run many conferences on the standards and below we outline some tips, strategies and more information to help you implement the Standards. We hope you find them useful!

Embedding safety & quality into everyday practice, words and deeds

Is NSQHS improving the health system?

Hospitals share their progress on the NSQHS Standards (infographic)

Standard 2- Partnering with consumers

Partnering with consumers: Where to start?

Are you prepared to meet consumers on their terms?

What’s next for National Standard 2 – Consumer Partnerships?

Standard 3 – Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections

Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Preventing & Controlling Infection Highlights: 3 Big Take Aways

We need new antibiotics to beat superbugs, but why are they so hard to find?

Standard 4 – Medication Safety

3 important strategies you need to ensure your hospital meets the (NSQHS) Medication Safety standards

How to prevent medication errors for better services

Standard 6 – Clinical Handover

3 experts share their advice on getting accredited for NSQHS Standard 6

Best practice as suggested by experts

Your 5 step guide to reducing clinical risks & getting accredited

The biggest problem facing Australian hospitals

If you are further along the process, the issue of how to measure whether you are meeting the standards, and the collection of data remains a challenge. The threat of losing accreditation and the issues of re-licensing, the financial impacts for private hospitals and the poor publicity for public hospitals all pose a very real problem.  



Submitted by John Burgher, Marketing Director, Criterion Conferences

John Burgher, Marketing Director, Criterion Conferences

John is a Marketing Director with over 12 years of B2B experience in the UK, Asia and Australia. He’s an ideas guy, foodie and a gadget geek who is always looking for the next ‘big thing’. If John had a super power he would love to plug into the matrix, and become superhuman. You connect with John on Linkedin

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