The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards were developed by the Commission to drive the implementation of safety and quality systems and improve the quality of health care in Australia. The 10 NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations.

In September 2011, Health Ministers endorsed the NSQHS Standards and a national accreditation scheme. This has created a national safety and quality accreditation scheme for health service organisations.

Who needs to implement the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards?

All hospitals and day procedure services and the majority of public dental services across Australia need to be accredited to the NSQHS Standards. Private health service organisations will need to confirm their requirements for accreditation to any standards in addition to the NSQHS Standards with the relevant health department.

Western Hospital has a culture of Quality within our health care environent where all staff are committed to ensuring quality outcomes in patient care.