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  • Practice Accreditation

    According to the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, accreditation is the public recognition by a health care accreditation body, demonstrated through an independent external peer assessment, of the organisations performance in relation to set standards. There are various levels of accreditation and regulation which are provided at a national registration, speciality specific and practice level.

    When setting up a practice, it is important to be familiar with the requirements for accreditation for the particular services that you wish to provide.

    Accreditation Bodies

    There are various levels of accreditation and regulation, which are provided at a national registration, speciality specific and practice level.

    AHPRA and the Medical Board of Australia

    The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency is the body that supports the Medical Board of Australia. The Medical Board of Australia is responsible for protecting the public by regulating the profession of medicine through the setting of standards and policies that all medical practitioners must meet.

    In addition to developing codes, guidelines and policies, the Medical Board sets registration and accreditation standard for medical practitioners. The Medical Board of Australia is supported by state-based boards.

    Medical colleges

    The medical colleges are responsible for the training of medical specialists and maintaining standards across each specialty.

    The Medical Council of New South Wales takes a role in ensuring that medical practitioners in NSW are fit to practice medicine through ensuring that registered doctors adhere to standards of conduct and competence.

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    Accrediting bodies

    Various bodies, such as the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards provide accreditation of practices.

    Whilst not an accrediting body, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care provides leadership and coordination of improvement in safety and quality in health care across Australia.

    When setting up a practice, it is important to be familiar with the requirements for accreditation for the particular services that you wish to provide.