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MP 0129/20 - Release of Human Tissue and Explanted Medical Devices Policy

Effective: 27 January 2020

This Policy sets out the minimum requirements for responding to requests for the release of human tissue or an implantable medical device that has been removed (explanted) from an individual’s body. Human tissue in the context of this Policy includes a human fetus or placenta. This Policy supersedes OD 0398/12 Release of Human Tissue and Explanted Medical Devices.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0654/16 - Aboriginal Heritage Act 1972

Effective: 30 December 2015 - 30 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 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 0075/17 - Health Executive Policy

Effective: 10 December 2017 - 10 December 2020

The Health Services Act 2016 establishes the Health Executive Service (HES). The HES comprises persons holding offices that are the subject of a written determination by the Director General (health executives) and the Chief Executives of health service providers (CEs).

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 0097/18 - Aboriginal Workforce Policy

Effective: 22 November 2018

The purpose of the Aboriginal Workforce Policy is to increase representation of Aboriginal people at all levels of the workforce to improve Aboriginal health outcomes and achieve the WA Public Sector Commission's Aboriginal employment target of 3.2 per cent.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0465/13 - Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of Gastroenteritis Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities

Effective: 8 October 2013 - 8 October 2018

Gastroenteritis outbreaks are relatively common in institutional settings including residential care facilities (RCFs), hospitals, childcare centres and schools. Based on reports to the Communicable Disease Control Directorate (CDCD), residential aged care facilities are the most frequently identified institutional setting for outbreaks of gastroenteritis and norovirus is the commonest cause of these outbreaks.

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 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 0526/14 - State-wide Standardised Clinical Documentation SSCD for Mental Health Services

Effective: 3 June 2014 - 30 June 2020

This Operational Directive requires that all Mental Health Services fully comply with the use of State-wide Standardised Clinical Documents. This is in line with the recommendations of the Stokes Review (July 2012) and to support the requirements of the Mental Health Bill 2013.

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 0038/16 - Insertion and Management of Peripheral Intravenous Cannulae in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities

Effective: 22 August 2017 - 20 September 2021

his Policy outlines the minimum requirements for the management of Peripheral Intravenous Cannulae (PIVC). This policy applies to all HCFs within the WA health system. These HCFs are to align their policies for the insertion and management of PIVCs with this document to ensure a standardised level of care and to minimise the risk of patients developing infective complications from PIVC.

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

OD 0646/16 - Infection Prevention and Control of Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities

Effective: 12 November 2015 - 30 November 2020

This Operational Directive (OD) describes the minimum requirements for the routine screening and subsequent management of people identified with vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) in Western Australian (WA) healthcare facilities (HCFs).

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

IC 0212/15 - Application of WA Health Leave Management Strategy and WA Health Leave Management Policy to Senior Medical Practitioners

Effective: 31 December 2014 - 30 December 2017

Allowances payable to senior medical practitioners when cashing out of excess Annual Leave or excess Long Service Leave under an approved Employee Leave Management Plan.

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

OD 0296/10 - Interagency Management of Children Under 14 Who are Diagnosed With a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

Effective: 5 August 2010 - 4 July 2015

This protocol has been updated to ensure consistency with Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Children under 18 years of age and will continue to operate independently of the Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Children under 18 years (OD 0185/09).

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0123/19 - Salary Packaging Policy

Effective: 27 October 2019 - 30 June 2026

Salary Packaging Policy

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0388/12 - Health Care Worker Immunisation Policy

Effective: 5 August 2012 - 5 August 2017

The WA Health Care Worker Immunisation policy defines the minimum immunisation standards for Public Health Service employers to adopt in their workplace to protect employees and patients from the potential threat of exposure to vaccine preventable diseases.

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 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 0342/11 - Tuberculosis and Health Care Workers

Effective: 5 July 2011 - 5 July 2016

This document addresses the assessment for TB risk of students and employees in health-related work and recommends minimum precautions that health care facilities (both public and private) in Western Australia should undertake to minimise the risk of TB transmission within the health care system.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0005/16 - Grants Policy

Effective: 4 October 2017

This Policy supports Health Service Providers to manage any reputational risks to WA Health when issuing grants by outlining the key principles, and minimum process and documentation requirements for funding by WA Health to non-government organisations.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0453/13 - Radiation Safety

Effective: 31 March 2013 - 31 March 2018

The aim of this Operational Directive is to ensure that all medical personnel employed by the Department of Health, Metropolitan Health Services, WA Country Health Service & Peel Health Service have completed the radiation safety module and test.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

MP 0017/16 - WA Health Staff Air Travel Policy

Effective: 13 February 2017 - 30 December 2021

The objectives of this Policy are to: Provide consistent and standard air travel procurement practices across WA Health that ensure transparency, streamline and standardise processes and reduce the cost of travel across WA Health, ensure the travel provides benefits to the WA Health system, provide adequate control over, and accountability for, air travel and associated travel expenditure and ensure adequate public disclosure of the full cost of air travel undertaken by WA Health employees.

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) - No Longer Applicable - Rescinded 03 April 2020

Effective: 26 September 2004 - 2 April 2020

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 0019/16 - Development of Primary and Subsidiary Legislation Policy

Effective: 21 February 2018 - 30 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 0010/16 - Patient Confidentiality Policy

Effective: 30 June 2016 - 29 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 0021/16 - Medical Indemnity - Salaried Medical Officers and Non-salaried Medical Practitioners Policy

Effective: 30 June 2016 - 29 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: 31 May 2016 - 29 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 0018/16 - Commercial Activities Policy

Effective: 30 June 2016 - 29 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

OD 0604/15 - The Government Heritage Property Disposal Process

Effective: 30 April 2015 - 30 April 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 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

OD 0651/16 - Clinical and Related Waste Management Policy

Effective: 31 December 2015 - 30 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

MP 0065/17 - Aboriginal Cultural eLearning Policy

Effective: 5 September 2017 - 5 September 2018

The purpose of the Aboriginal Cultural eLearning (ACeL) Policy (Policy) is to build the cultural knowledge of the WA health system workforce and strengthen its capacity to provide health care that is culturally respectful and non-discriminatory.

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

MP 0060/17 - Use of Physical and or Mechanical Restraint during Road based Transport of Mental Health Patients

Effective: 5 September 2017 - 29 June 2020

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to Transport Officers executing a Transport Order (Form 4A) under the Mental Health Act 2014 (MHA 2014) in the use of reasonable force through physical and/or mechanical restraint for mental health patients during road-based transportation.

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 0074/17 - Clinical Care of People Who May Be Suicidal Policy

Effective: 12 December 2017 - 12 October 2020

This policy relates to consumers of all ages who are under the care of public mental health services. It is applicable in some non-mental health settings such as Emergency Departments and general hospitals when a person has been accepted for care by a mental health service and there consequently exists a duty of care.

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 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 0101/18 - Clinical Care of People With Mental Health Problems Who May Be At Risk of Becoming Violent or Aggressive Policy

Effective: 31 December 2018

The purpose of the this policy is to guide Western Australian providers of Public mental health care in the development of Policy to support the provision of evidence-informed clinical care for consumers with mental health problems at risk of becoming violent or aggressive.

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0399/12 - Infection Prevention and Control of Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities

Effective: 21 October 2017 - 21 October 2017

This operational directive describes the minimum requirements for the routine screening and the subsequent management of patients identified with Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in WA healthcare facilities (HCFs).

Source: Department of Health - Policy Frameworks

OD 0404/12 - Prevention of Cross Infection in Diagnostic Ultrasound

Effective: 6 November 2012 - 6 November 2017

An updated version of this operational directive to ensure alignment with current National standards in cleaning and disinfecting ultrasound transducers in WA.

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