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Draft ‘NSQHS Standards Guide for community health services’ open for consultation

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare (the Commission) has drafted the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards Guide for Community Health Services to support community health services implement and prepare for assessment to the NSQHS Standards. This resource is in addition to a suite of resources developed by the Commission to support the implementation of the NSQHS Standards.

The primary aims of the NSQHS Standards are to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision. The second edition of the NSQHS Standards used by Australian healthcare services was released in November 2017 and assessment to the second edition commenced in January 2019, where QIP is an approved accrediting agency with the Commission.

The draft NSQHS Standards Guide for community health services was released for public consultation in mid-May 2020 and is open for consultation up to close of business on Friday 18 September 2020.

This resource is for community health services implementing the NSQHS Standards (second edition). Clinicians, managers, safety and quality officers, health departments, private hospital groups, technical experts, accrediting agencies, and consumers are invited to participate in this survey.

You are invited to provide feedback on the whole resource or specific components of the resource that are important to you.

View the draft ‘NSQHS Standards Guide for community health services’.

Submit your feedback to the Commission

Online: online survey (The Commission’s preferred method)


Mail:   NSQHS Standards Resources, GPO Box 5480, Sydney NSW 2001

When providing feedback, the Commission requests:

  • Please reference the specific resource, Standard and/or action.
  • Do not submit your feedback as tracked changes to a copy of the resource, due to difficulties in analysing feedback provided in this way.

If you have any questions about this consultation process please contact the Commission by emailing:

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