What is a policy framework?
Policy frameworks came into effect on 1 July 2016 and provide strategic, systemwide policy direction for the WA health system.
Under the Health Services Act 2016, the Director General can issue binding policy frameworks for health service providers (HSPs) (i.e. CAHS, EMHS, NMHS, SMHS, WACHS, HSS and Quadriplegic Centre) to ensure service coordination and integration, and efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of health services across the WA health system.
Policy frameworks contain reference to mandatory requirements, as well as supporting information. HSPs are responsible for the establishment of local policy for their services, consistent with the relevant policy frameworks.
To view the 19 policy frameworks, visit the Policy Frameworks page.
What has happened to Operational Directives (ODs) and Information Circulars (ICs)?
Current Operational Directives (ODs) and Information Circulars (ICs) continue to exist and are grouped under the relevant policy frameworks. ODs and ICs deemed no longer relevant or out of date will be withdrawn over time, subject to appropriate consultation with HSPs. All relevant ODs and ICs contained within a policy framework will progressively be developed into a mandatory policy, or a supporting information document. Compliance with ODs and ICs contained within the mandatory requirements section of a policy framework is required.
What are the benefits for patients, the community and staff?
Policy frameworks are aligned to national and international best practice and provide greater consistency and transparency to ensure the quality and safety of health services. They support strong governance foundations with clear roles and responsibilities to enable better decision-making, operation and risk management. Policy frameworks also support greater authority and innovation within HSPs to meet the needs of local communities, including decision-making closer to service delivery and patient care.
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Recently issued policies
|MP 0095/18 Clinical Handover Policy|
|Date of issue: 18 October 2018|
Clinical handover is an explicit transfer of information supporting the transfer of clinical accountability and responsibility between healthcare professionals to enable continuity of care for the patient.
The objective of the Clinical Handover Policy (the Policy) is to ensure clinical handover is conducted in a similarly structured manner across WA Health Service Providers. The requirements of this Policy are supported by the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2nd ed.), Standard 6 Communicating for Safety Standard.
This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework and supersedes OD 0484/14 Clinical Handover Policy.
|Policy framework: Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework|
|MP 0094/18 My Health Record (MHR) Policy|
|Date of issue: 18 October 2018|
The purpose of the My Health Record (MHR) Policy is to set standards for Health Service Providers regarding the appropriate use of the MHR. The MHR was established in 2012 under federal legislation; the My Health Record Act 2012 (Cth). The MHR is a secure online summary of a patient's health information drawn from existing clinical systems in the public, private and community health sectors.
Patients can control what goes into their MHR and which healthcare providers have access to the information. The MHR is NOT a complete electronic health record, but provides a potential source of additional information about a patient's healthcare. The MHR alms to empower the patient with Information about their own healthcare and provide clinicians with increased information about the care their patients may have received in other settings.
|Policy framework: Information and Communications Technology Policy Framework|