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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1323..

ACT Health—accreditation

(Question No 1030)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 29 March 2006:

(1) How many areas of ACT Health will undergo accreditation this calendar year;

(2) What (a) are those areas as listed in part (1) and (b) type of accreditation will they undergo;

(3) Does the Minister expect all areas to receive full accreditation; if not, why not and which areas are of concern;

(4) What, if any, improvements are currently being made to achieve accreditation and why weren't these measures put in place well before the accreditation period.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Four.

(2) The four divisions undertaking the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) EQuIP Accreditation are Mental Health ACT, Corporate Office, The Canberra Hospital and Community Health.

(3) Areas are expected to receive accreditation.

(4) The ACHS EQuIP Accreditation has been designed to establish an effective continuous improvement program within a service. The EQuIP process includes an onsite evaluation of the implementation of the quality improvement programs by an external review team aimed at identifying the level of congruence between practices and quality standards. It also looks for evidence of improvement in areas identified in previous surveys and assessments.

As ACT Health continually strives to improve its service through continuous quality improvement activities, it therefore views accreditation as a time to take stock of achievements to date and to identify areas for further improvement. Therefore in preparing for accreditation additional areas for improvement may be identified that will be incorporated into the ongoing planned continuous improvement program.

Housing ACT—tenant participation

(Question No 1031)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice, on 29 March 2006:

What is Housing ACT doing to assist the ACT Public Tenants' Association (ACTPTA) Inc to develop processes that enables a tenant to submit individual problems or issues, via the ACTPTA, and to establish a structure that assists Housing ACT to receive feedback.

Mr Hargreaves

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

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