Page 1108 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2018

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(5) Is the Minister satisfied that TCH is on track to pass all accreditations checks this year.

(6) What concerns does ACT Health have over TCH’s ability to pass these accreditations.

(7) What tracking and reporting mechanisms are in place to ensure ongoing compliance with any accreditations.

(8) After reports in The Canberra Times over concerns at TCH, what areas of improvement are there to ensure meeting or exceeding expectations in the lead up for reaccreditation moving forward.

(9) How are fridge temperatures monitored and maintained in accordance with accreditation.

Ms Fitzharris: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health, inclusive of Canberra Hospital, holds current accreditation against the:

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards

Home Care Common Standards

BreastScreen Australia National Accreditation Standards

Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS)

ACT Pathology Laboratories AS4633:200 ISO15189”2003

National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)/Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) accreditation scheme

ACT Health is also a currently Accredited Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace.

(2) Canberra Hospital is undergoing re-accreditation against the following in 2018:

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (National Standards)

Home Care Common Standards, developed by the Australian Government and state and territory governments – assessed by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency

(3) Canberra Hospital is seeking no further accreditations at this time.

(4) Canberra Hospital is currently accredited against the National Standards until 13 July 2018. Re-accreditation is occurring through an organisation wide re-accreditation survey 19-23 March 2018 by the accreditation agency Australian Council on Health Care Standards (ACHS). ACHS will assess ACT Health’s implementation of the 10 National Standards. Assessment involves awarding either a ‘satisfactory met’ or ‘not met’ to the actions within the National Standards. If ACT Health receive a ‘not met’ against any of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards actions, ACT Health has 90 days to take corrective action at which time re-accreditation is awarded.

(5) Canberra Hospital has undertaken a range of preparatory works to ensure the organisation will be re-accredited against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards and Home Care Common Standards.

(6) Canberra Hospital underwent a re-accreditation assessment ‘mock survey’ from 4-15 December 2017 to prepare the organisation for the reaccreditation survey in March 2018. ACT Health has initiated weekly meetings to oversee the progress of activity in preparation for reaccreditation against the National Standards.

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