Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme
Diagnostic Imaging Standards
The DIAS and Standards have undergone review and with changes made to the initial scheme. Primarily the changes clarify requirements, address ambiguities and inconsistencies and ensure alignment with the National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards produced by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. No new standards have been introduced.
Whether entering the scheme, progressing from Entry Level to Full Suite or undergoing re-accreditation to the Full Suite of Standards, all practices undergoing accreditation from 1 January 2016 are assessed against the revised standards.
With the formal release of the revised DIAS 2015 Standards there is a new User Guide and set of templates for practices preparing for accreditation. The resources can be accessed from your members onTrack portal or the Department of Health’s website here DIAS 2015 resources.
What’s the difference between entry level and the full suite standards?
A new practice (new business or new entrant to the scheme) can choose either the Entry Level or the Full Suite of Standards.
Entry Level accreditation consists of three (3) Standards and provides two (2) years accreditation and Entry Level accreditation can only be undertaken once. A practice choosing the Entry Level Standards initially must subsequently apply for and achieve accreditation to the Full Suite of Standards.
Accreditation to the Full Suite of Standards requires assessment to the 15 standards and provides 4-years diagnostic imaging accreditation. After achieving accreditation practices must then be re-accredited to the Full Suite of Standards every 4-years.
Resources to help you prepare your application for accreditation
The guidance materials developed by the Department of Health include detailed information on each standard explaining the intent of the Standard and what evidence is required. Optional templates are available that can be referred to or used to meet the requirements of the Standards.
While not compulsory, we recommend referring to, or using, these templates when preparing for accreditation.
The DIAS User Guide (updated April 2020) and templates are here.