Key messages

  • Credentialling and defining the scope of clinical practice helps match medical staff to their role and organisation.
  • Accreditation to National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards is a condition of registration for private health facilities.
  • Private health facilities have to comply with the Child Safe Standards, the Reportable Conduct Scheme and requirements for the Working with Children Check.

These clinical practice resources will assist you in understanding the requirements of registration of a private health facility.

Credentialling and defining the scope of clinical practice

Credentialling is the formal process of verifying a medical practitioner’s qualifications, experience, professional standing and other relevant professional attributes. It assesses their competence and suitability to provide safe, high quality health care services in a specific organisational environment.

Defining the scope of clinical practice (also known as privileging) follows on from credentialling. It delineates the scope of a medical practitioner’s clinical practice within a particular organisation.

Credentialling and defining the scope of clinical practice for medical practitioners contains more information.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

The Australian Commission on Quality and Safety in Health Care has developed 10 standards to improve the quality of health care in Australia. They provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations.

Accreditation to the 10 national standards is required for registered private facilities.

The second edition of the national standards was released in November 2017. Registered private facilities will be assessed to the second edition from January 2019.

Child Safe Standards, Reportable Conduct Scheme and the Working with Children Check

The Private Hospitals Unit has prepared a Factsheet providing information regarding the Child Safe Standards, the Reportable Conduct Scheme and Working with Children Check.

The Factsheet, attached below, provides information on what action private hospitals and day procedure centres need to take to comply.

 

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