WA Health credentialling policy

Why have a policy on credentialling?

The WA Health Policy for Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical Practitioners (OD 0177/09) (external site) was developed to ensure:

  • WA area/statewide health services and hospitals/health services establish processes for credentialling and defining/awarding the scope of clinical practice for medical practitioners
  • all medical practitioners practising as independent medical practitioners are credentialled and have a defined scope of clinical practice prior to appointment to a WA public hospital/health service.

Why was the policy updated?

The policy has been reviewed and updated to:

  • reflect changes introduced by the Australian Medical Council and state/territory medical boards in relation to recruitment, appointment and registration of medical practitioners in Australia
  • address inconsistencies in the 1st edition of the policy on how:
    • it was implemented
    • the performance indicators were calculated and reported by area health services
  • address the recommendations of the Internal Audit Branch audit and operational concerns expressed by area health services.

What changes have been made to the policy?

The policy has been amended to clarify:

  • which groups of medical practitioners must be credentialled and which do not need to be credentialled by WA Hospitals/Health Services (Section 2.2)
  • the different procedures for credentialling (Section 3.1) and defining the scope of clinical practice (Section 3.2) for Australian/New Zealand trained medical practitioners or international medical graduates (IMGs)
  • the different pathways for recruitment, selection, appointment, engagement and credentialing of:
    • Australian/New Zealand trained medical practitioners (Section 4.2.1)
    • international medical graduates (IMGs) (Section 4.2.2)
  • the process for mutually recognising the credentials (Section 5.4.3) and scope of clinical practice of medical practitioners (Section 3.2.8) in 1 or more WA hospitals/health services.

More information

  • The director of medical services at your hospital/health service who oversees the credentialling process.
  • Performance Activity and Quality Division
    Phone: 9222 4080
    Email: safetyandquality@health.wa.gov.au

References

  • Department of Health (2009). The Policy for Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice for Medical Practitioners.
  • Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care (2004). Standard for Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice. A National Standard for Credentialling and Defining the Scope of Clinical Practice of Medical Practitioners, For Use in Public and Private Hospitals.
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