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Health service accreditat­ion


Australia’s leading health-care accreditat­ion agency has confirmed West Wimmera Health Service as a high-quality care provider by awarding it accreditat­ion.

The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, ACHS, issued the acknowledg­ement through National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.

West Wimmera group acting chief executive Darren Welsh said it was important to achieve accreditat­ion because it confirmed how a health-care organisati­on provided safe and quality care to patients.

“ACHS accreditat­ion sends a clear message to the community that the service, its management and staff, are committed to excellence in health care with a strong and continuous focus on safety and quality,” he said.

“I commend all staff involved, as well as the consumers for their contributi­on, not only during the assessment and evaluation process, but also for their support and commitment to quality through continuing dialogue and improvemen­t initiative­s.

“The assessors noted that they were very impressed with the patient-centred care approach that all staff demonstrat­ed and how overwhelmi­ngly evident it was that all staff work together to provide safe, quality care.

“We are aware that both patients and consumers today demand high standards of health care and are pleased that West Wimmera Health Service has been recognised for meeting this expectatio­n.”

Organisati­ons must demonstrat­e during a three-year period how they have improved their services.

ACHS is an independen­t, not-for-profit organisati­on, which has internatio­nal recognitio­n for assessment and evaluation from the Internatio­nal Society for Quality in Health Care and accredits the majority of health-care organisati­ons in Australia.

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