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Date:2008-11; Date of issue: October-November 2008; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains may contain links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.




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ACCREDITATION SCOPING EXERCISE OATSIH have committed to a 3 year program (A Better Future for Indigenous Australians Establishing Quality Health Standards) to assist services gain accreditation. Accreditation for ACCHSs may include both organisational and clinical (RACGP) accreditation. Some services will also need to consider other forms of accreditation encompassing other specialty service types such as dentistry, Social and Emotional Wellbeing services, and Alcohol and Other Drugs, as well as administrative service functions such as human resources management, governance and financial management. To commence this project, AMSANT has been funded to undertake a scoping exercise to assess the readiness of ACCHSs for accreditation and work out what services will need in order to undertake accreditation/reaccreditation AMSANT has engaged the consultants Accreditation Specialists to undertake the accreditation readiness assessment of AMSANT member services. Janet Hitchener (Lead Consultant), Ray Lovett and Anita Whitelum are the three consultants who will be working on this project. They all have extensive experience in working with Aboriginal Community Controlled services and organisations in this field. All ACCHS and OATSIH-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) services will be asked to participate in this scoping exercise. The following aspects of service delivery will be surveyed: 1. The accreditation readiness of services in regard to clinical and organisational aspects of their service; 2. The resources and structures required for organisations to achieve accreditation; and 3. The resources, structures, policies & procedures already in place in your service. Janet, Ray and Anita will be visiting your service during October to undertake the assessment using a comprehensive survey. The survey will take approximately two hours and will include questions relating to provision of GP services (using RACGP standards), other clinical services if relevant, administration, governance, as well as risk management. The survey will incorporate different questions depending on whether the service is an ACCHS or a dedicated AOD service. Each service will receive a detailed report of the findings for their service and each will also receive a de-identified report on the Territorywide survey results. The survey report will help you assess how ready your service is for accreditation. Identifying information about your service is confidential and will only be provided to AMSANT with your permission. OATSIH will fund services directly to gain accreditation through five funding rounds over three years. Services can also obtain expert advice and assistance from a panel of seven accreditation facilitators appointed by OATSIH. AMSANTs role is to assist services in this process. Two Accreditation Support officers - one each in our Darwin and Alice Springs offices, will support service directly and in conjunction with accreditation facilitators. The accreditation scoping project will take place during October. Accreditation Specialists will establish an accreditation helpdesk five days a week during business hours that will be available to assist with any questions you may have: Janet Hitchener on 0421 642 529 and Ray Lovett on 0418 627 446. Any queries regarding this project can be directed to AMSANT staff Graham Dowling, Britt Puschak and Liz Moore for Central Australia on 8953 3551 and Tanya Davies or Rob Curry in the Top End on 8944 6666. Further information regarding this OATIH Budget measure is available on www.health.gov.au/OATSIHaccreditation The AMSANT ICT team would like to let our member services know about a corporate initiative called DonorTec. DonorTec provides donated software and hardware from companies such as Microsoft and Cisco to eligible Australian not-for-profit groups with Income Tax Exempt Status (ITE). Via this program you can get the latest products each year. Essentially, once you register with DonorTech you can place two orders for software and equipment a year. The savings are quite considerable and well worth investigating. If you are interested please email david.murtagh@amsant.org.au or simon.stafford@amsant.org.au for more information on this or other ICT related services AMSANT can offer our member services. IT UPDATE OCTOBER ~ NOVEMBER 2008 8 R E A D E R S A R E E N C O U R A G E D T O S E N D T H E I R F E E D B A C K T O b r o n w y n . n e t l u c h @ a m s a n t . o r g . a u