Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation (AHSSQA) Scheme

The AHSSQA Scheme is a national accreditation model that was developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

The AHSSQA Scheme describes the roles, responsibilities and accountabilities of the five separate groups involved in accreditation processes namely:

  • health ministers
  • regulators (States, Territories and the Australian Government)
  • health service organisations
  • approved accrediting agencies
  • Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

The AHSSQA Scheme was approved by Australian health ministers in November 2010, as the national accreditation model to be used to implement accreditation to the NSQHS Standards in Australian hospitals.

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care is responsible for:

  • maintaining the NSQHS Standards and for coordinating their implementation nationally
  • approving and monitoring accrediting agencies to assess against the NSQHS Standards
  • reporting to Health Ministers on the application and effectiveness of the NSQHS Standards and safety and quality improvements in the system.

More information

  • Licensing and Accreditation Regulatory Unit
    Phone 9222 4027
    Fax 9222 4077
    Email:  LARUAccreditation@health.wa.gov.au
    Address:
    Level 1, B Block
    WA Health
    189 Royal Street
    East Perth WA 6004 
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