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MP 0058/17 - Admission Policy

Effective: 1 July 2017 - 30 June 2020

All HSPs and contracted health entities have an obligation to count, classify and report activity in a correct, meaningful and consistent way.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0446/13 - WA Health Research Governance and Single Ethical Review Standard Operating Procedures

Effective: 29 July 2013 - 29 July 2018

In accordance with the WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures 2012, the WA Health Research Governance and Single Ethical Review Standard Operating Procedures have been developed to support the requirements of the policy and promote a consistent approach within WA Health to research governance and the single ethical review of multi-centre research projects. The document outlines the WA Health Single Ethical Review, National Approach and National Mutual Acceptance processes; and describes the requirements for the authorisation and ongoing monitoring of research projects conducted within WA Health or accessing WA Health participants, their tissue or data.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0411/12 - WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures

Effective: 20 November 2012 - 20 November 2017

The WA Health Research Governance Policy and Procedures 2012 has been implemented to ensure that all human research conducted within WA Health meets the highest ethical, scientific, regulatory and professional governance standards; and complies with relevant national and State legislation, guidelines and codes of conduct. The policy establishes the research governance framework through which research is reviewed, approved, conducted and monitored in an effective and efficient manner.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0228/15 - Intellectual Property Management in WA Health

Effective: 12 October 2015 - 12 October 2020

The Circular informs WA Health staff of the State government’s intellectual property (IP) policy and specific IP management and reporting procedures in WA Health.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0094/18 - My Health Record (MHR) Policy

Effective: 18 October 2018 - 1 October 2021

The purpose of the My Health Record (MHR) Policy is to set standards for Health Service Providers regarding the appropriate use of the MHR.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0066/17 - Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Policy

Effective: 13 September 2017 - 13 September 2020

This policy is to be read and understood by all staff accessing ICT resources in the WA health system.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0110/19 - Management of Medical Equipment Policy

Effective: 24 June 2019

The Management of Medical Equipment Policy communicates how Health Service Providers must manage owned, contracted and leased medical equipment over its lifecycle in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard 3551:2012 – Management Programs for Medical Equipment. This Policy has been developed to enable Health Service Providers to manage their medical equipment and address their service delivery objectives.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0654/16 - Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

Effective: 31 December 2015 - 31 December 2020

The Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972 (the Act) makes provision for the preservation of places and objects customarily used by, or traditional to, the original inhabitants of Australia or their descendants. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs is responsible for the administration of the Act and is assisted in that respect by the Aboriginal Affairs Department (AAD) and the Aboriginal Cultural Material Committee (ACMC) which is a specialist advisory body established by the Act.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0109/19 - Asset Management Strategic Asset Plan Policy

Effective: 24 June 2019

The Asset Management: Strategic Asset Plan Policy (Policy) sets out the mandatory requirements for the preparation and submission of a Health Service Provider Strategic Asset Plan (SAP) to ensure the effective and efficient management of assets. The development of a SAP assists Health Service Providers to identify their asset management investment priorities on an annual basis.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0604/15 - The Government Heritage Property Disposal Process

Effective: 1 May 2015 - 1 May 2020

The Government Heritage Property Disposal Process identifies and assesses the heritage values of Government owned places under consideration for sale, transfer, lease or demolition.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0092/18 - Land and Property Management Policy

Effective: 20 September 2018

The purpose of this Policy is to provide direction for all staff members within Health Service Providers when undertaking any land and property acquisition, disposal or property leasing activities.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0518/14 - Bilateral Schedule: Interagency Collaborative Processes When an Unborn or Newborn Baby Is Identified as at Risk of Abuse and/or Neglect

Effective: 15 October 2013 - 31 December 2016

Statewide schedule setting out the collaborative processes to be followed by WA Health in collaboration with Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS) when an unborn or newborn baby has been identified by either agency as being at risk of abuse and/or neglect.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0606/15 - Guidelines for Protecting Children 2015

Effective: 1 June 2015 - 1 June 2020

The new Guidelines, which include the WA Health Protection of Children Policy, are the primary initial resource to support all WA Health employees to comply with their legal and professional responsibilities in protection of children matters.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0290/10 - Transition Care for the Older Person

Effective: 1 August 2012 - 31 July 2017

Guidelines developed to provide a standardised foundation for the operation of Transition Care for the older person across all hospitals in the metropolitan area.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0524/14 - WA Health Day Therapy Unit Service Delivery Guidelines

Effective: 1 June 2014 - 31 May 2019

A formal set of guidelines developed to support consistent service delivery and to assist in maintaining equitable and consistent care across Day Therapy Units in Western Australia.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0174/14 - Requirements for Aged Care Assessment in Multipurpose Services

Effective: 10 December 2013 - 10 December 2018

All people wishing to enter a Commonwealth residential aged care facility must be assessed by an Aged Care Assessment Team. This assessment is completed by accredited Health Professionals and determines the appropriate level of care for the incoming resident.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0214/09 - Security of Tenure for Residents of Aged Care Facilities

Effective: 27 August 2009 - 20 August 2014

Guidelines to ensure that residents of aged care facilities are returned to the original facility following the completion of an acute and/or subacute inpatient episode of care, even if reassessed as having changed care needs, as mandated under the Aged Care Act, 1997.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0049/17 - Women requesting immersion in water for pain management during labour and/or birth policy

Effective: 3 April 2017 - 3 April 2022

This policy is to assist, educate and enable midwives and medical practitioners to care safely for healthy pregnant women who choose to use the bath and / or pool during all stages of their labour and birth.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0482/13 - WA Health Policy for publicly funded Home Births including guidance for consumers, health professionals and health services (Revised October 2013)

Effective: 4 November 2013 - 4 November 2018

The policy sets out the home birth: Eligibility criteria for women considering home birth, Role of and services provided by the midwife and WA Health maternity services, Care pathways and protocols to ensure high quality and safe continuity of care through the ante-natal, intra-partum and post-natal period, Workforce competencies, professional development and ongoing education and Clinical safety and quality guidelines and reporting mechanisms.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0353/11 - WA Health Policy: Provision of Aids, Equipment and Home Modifications

Effective: 1 January 2011 - 31 December 2016

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance to hospitals and health services with respect to the provision of aids, equipment and home modifications by WA Health for WA Health patients.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0071/17 - Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Policy

Effective: 4 October 2017 - 4 October 2020

The Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Policy specifies the mandatory policy requirements that all Health Service Providers (HSPs) must comply with to strengthen and embed the approach to improve the health and wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in Western Australia.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0050/17 - Elective Surgery Access and Waiting List Management Policy

Effective: 4 April 2017 - 20 February 2022

The Elective Surgery Access and Waiting List Management Policy aims to ensure a consistent, patient-focused approach to the efficient, timely and equitable provision of elective surgery services.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0045/17 - Urgency Categorisation and Access Policy for Public Direct Access Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services Policy

Effective: 20 January 2017 - 20 January 2022

The Urgency Categorisation and Access Policy for Public Direct Access Adult Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Services provides advice to Health Service Providers and contracted health entities on urgency categorisation and access criteria for adult patients requiring a planned direct access gastrointestinal endoscopy procedure within WA

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0106/19 - Safe Infant Sleeping Policy

Effective: 18 April 2019

Safe infant sleeping practices and messages are used across the Western Australian health system to reduce the risk and incidence of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). The Safe Infant Sleeping Policy promotes best safe infant sleeping practices by mandating education for staff about safe infant sleeping practices and promoting the use of key messages regarding safe infant sleeping in Health Service Providers and Contracted Health Entities.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0239/09 - Newborn Hearing Screening

Effective: 16 November 2009 - 15 November 2019

Outlines responsibilities of public maternity hospitals in relation to neonatal screening for permanent congenital hearing loss.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0008/07 - Coroners Act 1996

Effective: 14 February 2007 - 14 February 2009

Provides information regarding coronial processes and operation of the Coroners Act 1996. The purpose provided for OP2066/06 is still current.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0018/16 - Commercial Activities Policy

Effective: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018

This mandatory policy is to ensure that HSPs seek legal advice prior to engaging in a Commercial Activity pursuant to section 35 of the Health Services Act 2016.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OP 2074/06 - Protocol Applying To Medical Practitioners Participating In The Ambulatory Surgery Initiative (ASI) and / or The Privately Referred Non-Inpatients Model (PRNI)

Effective: 26 June 2006

This circular provides the Protocol applying to medical practitioners participating in the Ambulatory Surgery Initiative and/or the Privately Referred Non-Inpatients model.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0010/16 - Patient Confidentiality Policy

Effective: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2019

The purpose of this policy is to provide a broad overview to WA Health employees about: a) The Common law duty of confidentiality that is owed to WA Health patients; and b) The exceptions to that common law duty of confidentiality c) The statutory duty of confidentiality and permissible disclosures introduced by the Health Services Act 2016.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0023/16 - Obtaining Legal Advice

Effective: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018

This policy advises Health Service Providers of the process for obtaining legal advice from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OP 1850/04 - Non-Salaried Medical Practitioners: - Protocol for Notifying and Managing Medical Treatment Liability Claims/Potential Claims (Non-Teaching Hospitals)

Effective: 27 September 2004

This Operational Circular sets out the protocol to be followed when notifying actual or potential Medical Treatment Liability claims involving non-salaried medical practitioners (eg VMPs) working in the public sector health system.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0021/16 - Medical Indemnity - Salaried Medical Officers and Non-salaried Medical Practitioners Policy

Effective: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2021

This mandatory policy is to ensure that all matters relating to the application of the terms and conditions of contractual medical indemnities are referred to Legal and Legislative Services.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0022/16 - Legal Arrangements Policy

Effective: 1 June 2016 - 30 June 2018

This policy is to ensure HSPs are informed of the procedures which must be adopted from 1 July 2016 in relation to legal documents following the enactment of the Health Services Act 2016.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0019/16 - Development of Primary and Subsidiary Legislation Policy

Effective: 22 February 2018 - 31 January 2021

This policy provides that all proposals for the development or amendment of primary or subsidiary legislation on behalf of the Minister for Health are to be submitted to Legal and Legislative Services for coordination at an early stage using the Request for Legal Advice Form.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0026/16 - Student Clinical Placement Agreements Policy

Effective: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2021

This mandatory policy is to ensure that Health Service Providers contact Legal and Legislative Services for templates and queries relating to agreements with educational institutions in respect of the placement of students at public health facilities.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0366/12 - Statutory Delegations - Delegation of Powers and Duties Pursuant to Legislation

Effective: 15 March 2012 - 15 March 2017

This Operational Directive relates to the delegation of statutory powers and duties contained in various legislation and sets out the process to be followed for the drafting and approval of instruments of delegation.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0024/16 - Posthumous Collection of Human Gametes (eggs and sperm) Policy

Effective: 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018

This mandatory policy is to ensure that Health Service Providers notify the CEO of the Department of Health of the proposed collection of human gametes and/or any legal proceedings and ensure that Legal and Legislative Services act as instructing officers in any relevant legal proceedings.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0661/16 - Roles and responsibilities of the Postgraduate Medical Council of Western Australia

Effective: 20 February 2016 - 20 February 2020

The OD describes the responsibilities of the Postgraduate Medical Council of WA; including the requirement to accredit all RMO positions and to accredit intern positions in WA as delegated by the Medical Board of Australia.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0598/15 - Management of Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP) patients in a hospital setting

Effective: 1 May 2015 - 1 May 2025

This Operational Directive outlines the protocol to be followed when a patient participating in the Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP) who is receiving opioid pharmacotherapy is admitted to hospital

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0529/14 - Storage and recording of propofol

Effective: 1 June 2014 - 1 June 2024

This Operational Directive outlines the storage and recording requirements for propofol

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0141/08 - Code of practice for the handling of Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of addiction) in hospitals and nursing posts

Effective: 9 July 2008 - 9 July 2013

To guide hospitals in the control and administration of drugs of addiction (Schedule 8 medicines) in compliance with the Poisons Regulations 1965.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0039/16 - Cannabis-based Products for Medicinal Use

Effective: 1 November 2016 - 1 November 2018

The Cannabis-based Products for Medicinal Use Policy provides regulatory, research and governance guidance to health services and health practitioners in relation to medicinal cannabis.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0142/08 - Administration of Schedule 8 medicines to patients attending for emergencies

Effective: 9 July 2008 - 9 July 2013

Policy on administration of Schedule 8 medicine in Emergency Departments.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0492/14 - Management of Schedule 8 and Restricted Schedule 4 oral liquid medicines

Effective: 1 March 2014 - 1 March 2024

This operational directive outlines the requirements for the management, measurement and reporting of loss of Schedule 8 and Restricted Schedule 4 oral liquid medicines

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0528/14 - Storage and recording of Restricted Schedule 4 (S4R) medicines

Effective: 1 June 2014 - 1 June 2024

This Operational Directive outlines the requirements for the storage and recording of Restricted Schedule 4 (S4R) medicines.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0103/19 - Reporting of Schedule 4 Restricted and Schedule 8 Medicines Discrepancies Policy

Effective: 22 February 2019

The purpose of this policy is to set out the obligations of staff and Health Service Providers to identify and investigate discrepancies of Schedule 8 (S8) and Schedule 4 Restricted (S4R) medicines.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0651/16 - Clinical and Related Waste Management Policy

Effective: 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2021

The OD provides the minimum requirements for the management of clinical and related waste generated by WA Health facilities.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0398/12 - Release of Human Tissue and Explanted Medical Devices

Effective: 1 November 2012 - 1 November 2017

Operational Directive and policy setting out the circumstances under which a request for the release of human tissue or an explanted medical device to an individual from a healthcare facility may be considered, and processes for such a release.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0414/13 - Smoke Free WA Health System Policy

Effective: 18 January 2013 - 18 January 2018

This policy replaces Policy No. OD 0182/09 and aims to minimise the exposure of employees, health service consumers and visitors to environmental tobacco smoke, or second hand smoke, across all Western Australian Health System premises and worksites.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0627/15 - Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities

Effective: 23 September 2015 - 1 June 2020

The Healthy Options WA: Food and Nutrition Policy for WA Health Services and Facilities aims to improve and maintain the health of staff and the broader community by providing health care establishments that support and model good nutrition and healthy eating options

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks