The high quality care given to patients in the Far West Local Health District has been recognised after three health facilities were awarded accreditation by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), Australia’s leading independent authority on health care.
The health services of Wilcannia, Balranald and Wentworth all underwent a rigorous, consumer-focused accreditation through ACHS’s National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.
“ACHS accreditation sends a clear message to the community that Far West LHD and particularly those communities are committed to excellence in health care with a strong and continuous focus on safety, quality and performance,” said Ms Dale Sutton, Manager Lower Western Sector and District Director of Nursing and Midwifery.
“By gaining ACHS accreditation, management and staff have demonstrated to our patients our commitment to continuing to deliver high-quality care,” said Ms Sutton. “I wish to publicly express my thanks to all the staff in Wilcannia, Balranald and Wentworth who worked very hard during the accreditation process. It was a huge team effort.”
The three services were surveyed on 15-17 August this year which covered acute services, community health services, primary health services and sub-acute services. Accreditation is for three years.
All hospitals in NSW are subject to accreditation by the ACHS. Accreditation is a formal process which involved a detailed and lengthy assessment of each speciality, including service provision, policy and protocols, best practice standards and the way services are provided in each of those specialities.
Accreditation is used by health care organisations to continuously improve the quality of care they deliver to the community. Organisations, like Far West LHD, must demonstrate during either a three or four-year period how they have improved their services. It means they are committed to continually monitor its services and to strive for improvement against recognised benchmarks.
“It is the second time those facilities have gained accreditation as a group (the last time in 2014),” said Ms Sutton.
“The fact that Far West LHD and these health services has achieved ACHS accreditation is a strong recognition of everyone’s input into the accreditation process. We are very proud of everyone involved for the work and effort they put in for this very important achievement,” said Ms Sutton.
For more information about the ACHS go to http://www.achs.org.au