Integrity

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Policy framework statement

The Integrity Policy Framework specifies the integrity requirements that all Health Service Providers (HSPs) must comply with in order to ensure effective and consistent standards of behaviour and actions of staff across the WA health system. 

Purpose

The purpose of this policy framework is to ensure:

  • an effective and consistent approach to integrity governance across the WA health system
  • the management of integrity matters is consistent with regulatory, policy and legislative frameworks and the Australian Standards. 

Applicability

This policy framework is binding on each HSP to which it applies or relates.

Principles

The key principles that underpin this policy framework are:

Ethical conduct

The WA Health Code of Conduct (Code) identifies the fundamental values of the WA health system, and translates these values into principles that guide staff members conduct in the workplace. The Code defines the standards of ethical and professional conduct and outlines the behaviours expected across the WA health system. 

Integrity governance

Formal arrangements are established which monitor and evaluate structures, systems and processes to promote a culture of integrity and appropriately respond to issues. 

Legislative context

This policy framework is made pursuant to ss 26(2)(l)(f) of the Health Services Act 2016.  Policy frameworks are also referred to in s. 27 and s. 34(2)(c).

Other relevant parts in the Act that relate specifically to this policy framework include s. 146 and s. 167.

The legislation below, may also apply: 

  • Corruption, Crime and Misconduct Act 2003
  • Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010
  • Public Sector Management Act 1994 (and Regulations)

Mandatory requirements

Under this policy framework HSPs must comply with all mandatory requirements including:

Public sector

WA health system policies

Mandatory training 

Supporting information

The following document supports and informs the implementation of the mandatory requirements:

Policy framework custodian

Assistant Director General
Strategy and Governance Division

Enquiries relating to this Policy framework may be directed to: PolicyFrameworkSupport@health.wa.gov.au 

Review

This policy framework will be reviewed as required to ensure relevance and recency. At a minimum this policy framework will be reviewed within two years after first issue and at least every three years thereafter.

Version Effective from Effective to Amendment(s)
 12  5 May 2022  Current

 The following minor amendments to the Integrity Policy Framework:

  • Minor wording changes to align with the policy framework template and other policy frameworks. 
  • Addition of principles to support the framework. 
  • Listing of relevant sections of the Health Services Act 2016 relating to this framework. 
  • Removal of Public Sector Standards in Human Resources Management - Employment as they are not relevant to this framework. 
  • Addition of the Integrity Strategy for WA Public Authorities 2020-2023 as supporting information. 
  • Addition of glossary terms. 
11 11 February 2022
5 May 2022

Minor amendments to MP 0138/20 Managing Conflicts of Interest Policy as follows:

  • Minor rewording changes throughout the policy
  • Addition of statement regarding applicability to contracted health entities
  • Minor amendments to definitions.

Minor amendments to MP 0114/19 Integrity Governance Policy as follows:

  • Minor re-wording throughout the Policy.
  • Extend applicability to all WA health system entities.
  • Inclusion of Commissioner’s Instruction No. 8: Codes of conduct and integrity training as Supporting Information.
  • Amendments to definitions.
10 23 August 2021
11 February 2022
Inclusion of Accountable and Ethical Decision Making as Mandatory Training on the Policy Framework Landing Page.
9 6 August 2021
23 August 2021
Minor Amendments to address broken links in:
  • MP 0136/20 Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy
  • MP 0138/20 Managing Conflicts of Interest Policy
  • MP 0125/19 Notifiable and Reportable Conduct Policy
  • MP 0105/19 Fraud and Corruption Control Policy
8 11 June 2020
6 August 2021
New MP 0138/20 Managing Conflicts of Interest Policy - Supersedes MP 0113/19 Managing Conflicts of Interest Policy.
7 27 May 2020
11 June 2020
New MP 0136/20 Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy published - supersedes MP 0112/19 Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy.
6 06 April 2020
27 May 2020
Major amendment to MP 0112/19 Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy.
5 2 January 2020
06 April 2020
New MP 0127/20 Discipline Policy published - supersedes MP 0040/16 Discipline Policy.
4 31 October 2019
2 January 2020
New MP 0124/19 Code of Conduct Policy published - supersedes MP 0031/16 Code of Conduct.

New MP 0125/19 Notifiable and Reportable Conduct Policy published - supersedes -

  • MP 0029/16 Notifying Misconduct Policy; and
  • MP 0043/16 Reporting of Criminal Conduct and Professional Misconduct Policy.

New MP 0126/19 Pre-Employment Integrity Check Policy published - supersedes MP 0032/16 Pre-Employment Integrity Check Policy.

3 10 July 2019
31 October 2019
New MP 0112/19 Gifts, Benefits and Hospitality Policy, MP 0113/19 Managing Conflicts of Interest Policy and MP 0114/19 Integrity Governance Policy published.
2 27 March 2019
10 July 2019
New MP 0105/19 Fraud and Corruption Control Policy.
1 25 March 2019 27 March 2019 Original version

Approval

This Policy Framework has been approved and issued by the Director General of the Department of Health as the System Manager.

Approval byDr David Russell-Weisz, Director General, Department of Health
Approval date31 January 2019
Date published01 January 0001
File numberF-AA-61335

Compliance

This policy framework is binding on those to whom it applies or relates. Implementation at a local level will be subject to audit.

Glossary of terms

 Term  Meaning 

Applicability

Under Section 26 of the Health Services Act 2016, policy frameworks may apply to :

  • All Health Service Providers
  • A type of public health service facility
  • A type of public health service
  • A type of staff member of a health service provider. 

 

Health Service Provider

 

Health Service Provider means a health service provider established under      s. 32 of the Health Services Act 2016 and may include North Metropolitan Health Service (NMHS), South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS), Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS), WA Country Health Service (WACHS), East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS), Quadriplegic Centre PathWest and Health Support Services (HSS). 

Integrity

Integrity refers to the expected standards of behaviour and actions of staff which reflect honesty, accountability, transparency, impartiality and acting with care and diligence.

 

Integrity governance

 

Integrity governance refers to the formal arrangements by which an organisation establishes, monitors and evaluates structures, systems and processes to promote a culture of integrity and appropriately respond to issues. Integrity governance structures include mechanisms to escalate risks to the peak governance body of the organisation, for review and action.  

WA health system

The WA health system is comprised of the Department of Health, Health Service Providers (NMHS, SMHS, CAHS, WACHS, EMHS, Quadriplegic Centre, PathWest and HSS) and to the extent that contracted health entities provide health services to the State, the contacted health entities.