New NSQHS Standards (second edition) commence 1 January 2019

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The new second edition of the NSQHS Standards was released in November 2017, and assessment to the second edition will commence from 1 January 2019. The second edition addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.

Staff will be supported with the roll-out of the new standards by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care's Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Service.

The second edition was developed by the Commission in consultation with the Australian Government state and territory partners, consumers, the private sector and other stakeholders.

Download a copy of the second edition here: National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (second edition) (PDF 2MB)

For more information and implementation resources visit the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care