Latest News

Back to News

Draft guide on quality standards for health boards

Posted 05 January 2015

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC) has released a draft guide for health service boards on the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, which all hospitals and day procedure services must implement.

However, the VHA believes more specific guidance is required for health service boards to understand their governance role in the implementation of these standards.

A clearer distinction is needed between the governance role of boards and the operational role of management. For example, the draft guide suggests boards are responsible for the adoption of clinical guidelines, which the VHA sees as a management responsibility.

The draft guide also states that boards allocate resources to meet clinical needs, and ensure screening tools and guidelines are in place to effectively manage at-risk groups. The VHA considers these management responsibilities, for which the board has oversight.

The VHA supports the aims of the draft guide but believes it is too operationally focused, which will lead boards to take an operational perspective rather than governing the implementation of national standards.

The VHA’s submission on the ACSQHC draft guide provides examples of effective clinical governance by boards.

Read VHA Submission

ACQSHC guide

News Archive

View all

VHA Election Alert: Edition four

With just over a week until the next government of Victoria is decided on Saturday 24 November, parties continue to campaign.  The Greens have issued a big commitment to advocate on a number of … Read more

Warrnambool: Disability action plan workshop next week

The VHA is holding disability action plan workshop in Warrnambool  to help inform the development of the e-learning module that will be developed as resource for health services. The objectives … Read more

Final two sessions: Better Care Better ACFI training

There are two remaining Better Care Better ACFI training workshops for the remainder of the year Training is designed for  public sector aged care nurse managers, educators and other nursing … Read more

Education: Understanding dementia

The VHA, together with Dementia Australia is offering a special member-only 10 per cent discount on award-winning dementia education and training, geared towards staff providing support to people … Read more