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MP 0115/19 - Outcome Based Management Policy 2019-20

Effective: 30 June 2019

The OBM Policy ensures the integrity and consistent application of the 2019-20 Outcome Based Management Framework across the WA health system. It outlines how outcomes, services and key performance indicators are used to measure performance of Health Service Providers against Treasury approved parameters.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0077/18 - Statewide Medicines Formulary Policy

Effective: 30 January 2018 - 30 December 2023

The purpose of the Statewide Medicines Formulary (SMF) Policy (the policy) is to assist the delivery of optimal patient outcomes in an equitable manner through a single list of approved medicines.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0048/17 - Centralised Intern Application and Allocation Policy

Effective: 2 April 2017 - 31 January 2022

The PMCWA coordinates the centralised intern application process in Western Australia

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0033/16 - Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Policy

Effective: 30 June 2016

The purpose of the Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Policy (Policy) is to provide a consistent approach across the WA health system by outlining the minimum requirements and responsibilities of the Department of Health and Health Service Providers (WA health system entities), for recruitment, selection and appointment processes. The WA health system has a commitment to promoting equity and diversity in its workforce and has identified Aboriginal people as a priority diversity group.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0275/10 - Criminal Record Screening Policy and Guidelines

Effective: 30 March 2010 - 30 March 2012

The WA Health Criminal Record Screening Policy and Guidelines were developed in consultation with key stakeholders across Health.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0044/17 - Clinical Academic Funding Policy

Effective: 22 December 2016 - 21 December 2018

The purpose of the Clinical Academic Funding Policy is to inform Health Service Providers of procedures that apply to the funding of the appointment of clinical academics.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0071/17 - Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Policy

Effective: 3 October 2017 - 3 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

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

Effective: 19 February 2016 - 19 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 0606/15 - Guidelines for Protecting Children 2015

Effective: 31 May 2015 - 31 May 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 0503/14 - Central Referral Allocation - Outpatient Services

Effective: 23 February 2014 - 23 February 2024

The aim of this Operational Directive is to inform Health Services of the commencement of a metropolitan centralised referral allocation system, commencing with outpatient services.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0613/15 - Ambulance Handover in Emergency Departments

Effective: 30 June 2015 - 29 June 2025

Provides timing as to when patients are to be transferred in to the care of the ED

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0079/18 - Engagement of Medical Practitioners under Contracts for Services Policy

Effective: 13 February 2018 - 30 January 2021

This policy regulates and ensures uniform terms of engagement, by Health Service Providers, of Contracted Medical Practitioners to provide medical services to public patients admitted to a public health care facility.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0525/14 - Arrangements for the Provision and Charging for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Entitled Persons

Effective: 8 May 2014 - 8 May 2019

This operational directive outlines the arrangement for the provision of loan equipment for DVA Entitled Persons. This arrangement covers admitted patients on discharge and non-admitted patients.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0637/15 - Further Opinions Under the Mental Health Act 2014

Effective: 29 November 2015 - 29 November 2020

This operational directive is to outline the principles and processes regarding the request and provision of further opinions under the Mental Health Act 2014. There have been some ammendments since it was previously approved.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0015/16 - Information Access, Use and Disclosure Policy

Effective: 30 June 2017 - 30 September 2022

The purpose of the Information Access, Use and Disclosure Policy is to facilitate lawful and appropriate information access, use and disclosure.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0600/15 - Influenza and Pertussis Vaccinations for Pregnant Women - No Longer Applicable - Rescinded 1 December 2020

Effective: 13 April 2015 - 2 April 2020

The purpose of this operational directive is to advise Department of Health (DoH) staff that all pregnant women should be offered influenza vaccine and pertussis-containing vaccine (dTpa) as part of routine antenatal care.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0061/17 - Data Reporting Requirements for Episodes of Admitted Palliative Care Policy

Effective: 1 August 2017 - 29 June 2021

The purpose of this Policy is to advise applicable health services of the requirement to capture and report data on Phase of Care and Resource Utilisation Groups - Activities of Daily Living (RUG-ADL) data for patients admitted to hospital with a care type of Palliative Care.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0355/11 - Vaccine Cold Chain Guidelines

Effective: 13 November 2011 - 13 November 2011

This document contains policies and guidelines that apply to all Western Australian Public and Community Health Services providing immunisation services in WA. The cold chain is a system of transporting and storing vaccines within a recommended temperature range.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0553/14 - Provision of Sterile Needles and Syringes from Rural and Regional Hospitals to People Who Inject Drugs

Effective: 3 August 2014 - 3 August 2019

This operational directive provides guidance to needle and syringe program health sites which fall under the mandate, as a means to provide access to sterile needles and syringes and support safer injecting practices in rural and regional areas. The intended health outcome is the prevention of blood-borne virus transmission and other injecting-related harms in rural and regional areas.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0554/14 - The Operation and Maintenance of Needle and Syringe Vending Machines (NSVMS)

Effective: 3 August 2014 - 3 August 2019

This operational directive applies to all individual sites invited by the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) to install and operate a needle and syringe vending machine (NSVM).

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0595/15 - Business Continuity Management

Effective: 11 March 2015 - 11 March 2020

WA Health's Business Continuity Management (BCM) policy aims to support and foster an organisational culture that proactively manages the impact of uncertainty and disruption-related risk on the organisation's strategic and operational objectives.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0009/16 - Monitoring of External Reviews Policy

Effective: 31 May 2016 - 30 June 2021

The Principle of the Policy is to ensure that the Department CEO is provided with timely and useful information in regard to External Reviews to enable proper evaluation of the impact of Review outcomes on one or more HSP's or across the whole WA health system.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0095 - Clinical Handover Policy

Effective: 24 October 2018 - 17 October 2020

The objective of the Clinical Handover Policy (the Policy) is to ensure clinical handover is conducted in a similarly structured manner across WA Health Service Providers. The requirements of this Policy are supported by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2nd ed.), Standard 6 Communicating for Safety Standard.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0080/18 - Assistant in Nursing Policy

Effective: 3 April 2018 - 3 January 2021

The purpose of this policy is to ensure Health Service Providers who provide publicly funded inpatient care. engage/employ clinical staff with the right qualification and skill-set to provide safe, high quality health care.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0053/17 - WA Clinical Alert MedAlert Policy

Effective: 13 June 2017 - 31 May 2021

The WA Clinical Alert (MedAlert) Policy (the Policy) mandates the implementation of a standardised process of communicating clinical alerts across the WA health system using the PAS (Patient Administration System) for example TOPAS, webPAS, or HCare.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0239/09 - Newborn Hearing Screening

Effective: 15 November 2009 - 14 November 2019

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

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

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

Effective: 3 April 2017 - 19 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

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

Effective: 31 December 2010 - 30 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 0049/17 - Women requesting immersion in water for pain management during labour and/or birth policy

Effective: 2 April 2017 - 2 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 0351/11 - Triage of Metropolitan Emergency Department Patients that Arrive via Ambulance into the Waiting Room

Effective: 30 November 2011 - 30 November 2017

As a strategy to enhance patient flow, on ambulance arrival at a metropolitan Emergency Department (ED) patients are to be triaged by the ED Triage Nurse in consultation with the Ambulance Officer, and where clinically appropriate, patients are to be directed to the ED waiting room.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0228/15 - Intellectual Property Management in WA Health

Effective: 11 October 2015 - 11 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 0064/17 - Appointment of Interns and Progression to Resident Medical Officer Policy

Effective: 19 August 2017 - 15 August 2020

The purpose of this Policy is to provide for the engagement of Interns and their subsequent successful transition to Resident Medical Officer (RMO) Yr 1 and Yr 2 for a fixed term period of three years.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0226/15 - Memorandum of Understanding - Clinical Privileges, Conduct and Governance in Western Australian Government Hospitals and Health Services

Effective: 6 July 2015 - 6 July 2018

The 2015 Memorandum of Understanding on Clinical Privileges, Conduct and Governance in Western Australian Government Hospitals and Health Services came into effect from 7 July 2015.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0100/18 - Management of Accrued Leave Policy

Effective: 22 November 2018 - 21 November 2021

The Management of Accrued Leave Policy has been developed in response to the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety, Public Sector Labour Relations Policy Statement - Management of Accrued Leave in the Public Sector (DMIRS Policy Statement).

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0495/14 - Billing Arrangements for Selected Services Provided to DVA Entitled Persons

Effective: 21 January 2014 - 21 January 2019

This operational directive outlines the billing arrangements between Western Australia (WA) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) for pharmaceuticals, nursing home type patient (NHTP) contribution for ex-Prisoners of War (POW) and Victoria Cross (VC) recipients and post discharge services provided to Entitled Persons.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0494/14 - Arrangements for the Provision and Charging of Aids or Equipment, Home Assessment and Home Modification for the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Entitled Persons

Effective: 21 January 2014 - 21 January 2019

This operational directive outlines the arrangement for the provision of aids or equipment, home assessment and home modification for DVA Entitled Persons. This arrangement covers admitted patients on discharge and non-admitted patients.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0496/14 - DVA Patient Election Form

Effective: 21 January 2014 - 21 January 2019

This operational directive outlines the requirement for all Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) Entitled Persons to sign the DVA Patient Election Form on admission or during the course of their hospital stay.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0235/15 - Dental Technician (Advanced Level) Classification Progression – Dental Technicians Industrial Agreement 2015

Effective: 26 July 2015 - 18 March 2018

Notification of requirements for progression to Dental Technician Advanced Level 1 and Level 2 as prescribed by the Dental Technicians Industrial Agreement 2015

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0062/17 - Alcohol and Other Drug Withdrawal Management Policy

Effective: 31 July 2017 - 9 August 2020

The purpose of the policy is for Health Service Providers to provide access to a range of inpatient, outpatient and community based alcohol and other drug withdrawal services closer to home to meet the needs of their communities.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0085/18 - Road Based Inter Hospital Patient Transport Services Policy

Effective: 5 June 2018 - 29 June 2019

The purpose of this Policy is to ensure Health Service Providers are aware of and use appropriately the mandatory arrangements in place for the purchase of all road based Inter Hospital Patient Transport (IHPT) services in Western Australia.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0069/17 - Mental Health Consumer Medication Information Policy

Effective: 3 October 2017 - 3 October 2020

The Policy outlines the requirement for health professionals to provide mental health consumers and, if applicable, their family members or carers with timely verbal and written information for every medication prescribed or reviewed for the consumer.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0012/16 - Missing Person Policy

Effective: 30 June 2016 - 30 December 2018

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Western Australian public mental health services for the development of procedures aimed at reducing the likelihood of consumers going missing from services and at guiding the response of services when a consumer is determined to be missing.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0070/17 - Mental Health Emergency and Follow Up Information on Discharge from Hospital Emergency Dept Policy

Effective: 3 October 2017 - 3 October 2020

This Policy requires all applicable services to offer individuals who present to the emergency department for mental health assessment and/or treatment, or with mental health-related concerns, with contact numbers for mental health emergency response services prior to discharge from the emergency department. If applicable, the individual's family members and carers should also be offered contact numbers for mental health emergency response services prior to the individual's discharge from the emergency department.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0041/16 - Managing Unsatisfactory and Substandard Performance Policy with Explanatory Notes, PIP and Template Letters

Effective: 1 December 2016 - 1 December 2021

The Managing Unsatisfactory and Substandard Performance Policy (Policy) is part of the Employment Policy Framework issued by the Department CEO pursuant to section 26 of the Health Services Act 2016 (HSA).

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0063/17 - Requesting Road-Based Transport for Mental Health Patients Subject to Transport Orders Policy

Effective: 8 August 2017 - 8 August 2020

All health services in WA are required to comply with the Mental Health Act 2014 and the Mental Health Regulations 2015. Individuals who are subject to Transport Orders (Form 4A) under the Mental Health Act 2014 may require Inter Hospital Patient Transport (IHPT) between Department of Health Metropolitan Hospital Sites (DoHMHSs), IHPT from DoHMHS to Bunbury Mental Health Service or transport from various locations in the metropolitan Community to a DoHMHS or to Bunbury Mental Health Service.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0099/18 - Community Mental Health Status Assessments Role of Mental Health Clinicians

Effective: 21 November 2018 - 30 April 2021

The purpose of this policy is to ensure individuals in the community requiring mental health status reviews are seen and assessed by appropriately trained clinicians.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0598/15 - Management of Community Program for Opioid Pharmacotherapy (CPOP) patients in a hospital setting No Longer Applicable – Superseded by MP 0139/20 – 1 December 2020

Effective: 30 April 2015 - 30 April 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 0141/08 - Code of practice for the handling of Schedule 8 medicines (drugs of addiction) in hospitals and nursing posts No Longer Applicable – Superseded by MP 0139/20 – 1 December 2020

Effective: 8 July 2008 - 8 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 No Longer Applicable – Superseded by MP 0139/20 – 1 December 2020

Effective: 31 October 2016 - 31 October 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