The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care has released the NSQHS Standards Guide for Dental Practices and Services to support dental practices and services improve the safety and quality of care using the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards as a framework for improvement.

The release of the NSQHS Standards Guide for Dental Practices and Services supports the implementation of the NSQHS Standards in dental settings and promotes a consistent and shared understanding of the Standards. The development of the guide has been a collaborative process with dental practitioners and dental sector stakeholders nationally. The content of the guide has been developed and reviewed by dentists from both public and private sectors, and developed in consultation with the Australian Dental Association Inc.

The guide contains information on:

  • preparing for accreditation
  • approaches to improving quality and managing risk using the framework of the NSQHS Standards
  • the national accreditation scheme
  • strategies to implement NSQHS Standards 1-6 in dental settings