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Review of the National Safety and Quality Health Standards

30th January 2018

Decision Regulation Impact Statement – Department of Health

This Decision Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) is the final stage of a consultation process undertaken by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) to review the first edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

The NSQHS Standards are designed to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health care for consumers.

The second edition of the NSQHS Standards was endorsed by COAG Health Ministers in June 2017, and released in November 2017. The NSQHS Standards (second edition) will be implemented and assessed  from 1 January 2019.

The NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.) 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.

The Office of Best Practice Regulation (OBPR) assessed the RIS prepared by the Commission as compliant with the Government’s RIS requirements. The RIS estimates the average annual regulatory costs of the proposal at $2.72m per year. The OBPR has agreed to this estimate.

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