The suite of draft accreditation standards proposed for the second stage of the Diagnostic Imaging Practice Accreditation Scheme has been released by the Department of Health and Ageing for public comment.

The Consultation Draft of 2nd Edition Practice Accreditation Standards has nine higher level standards which a practice seeking accreditation would be expected to meet under the second stage of the scheme.

The additional standards include the four priorities identified by the Australian Commission on Safety & Quality in Health Care:

  • Patient identification
  • Infection control
  • Medication management
  • Clinical handover

The five other new standards identified by the Consultative Working Group of technical experts in diagnostic imaging cover:

  • Equipment
  • Radiation dose optimisation
  • Informed patient consent
  • Diagnostic Imaging protocols
  • Patient feedback and complaints management

Feedback to the Department of Health and Ageing on the draft 2nd Edition Practice Accreditation Standards is invited before the close of business on 10 July 2009. Please download the document for contact details.