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 ODs and ICs deemed no longer relevant or out of date will be withdrawn over time, subject to appropriate consultation with HSPs.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 0084/18 Credentialing and Defining Scope of Clinical Practice Policy|
|Date of issue: 9 May 2018|
The purpose of this policy is to ensure health professionals are credentialed with a defined scope of clinical practice to support safe and high quality health care within the Western Australian public health system. The high level overarching policy outlines the minimum requirements of credentialing and defining scope of clinical practice for each health profession stream.
Each health profession stream will have their own standard within the 'related documents' section of this policy. The relevant profession stream will be responsible for updating, monitoring and compliance of the standard.
Attached related documents include the
The System Manager needs to provide a consistent approach to credentialing and defining scope of practice across the WA health system. Embedded in this approach is a state-wide ICT application called CredWA. CredWA has enable increased clinical governance and patient safety across the WA health system as it supports workflow and information sharing at a state-wide level across medical practitioner, nurse practitioner and endorsed midwives credentialing.
Failure to establish a mandatory policy and individual health professions standard would result in high risks to the Department and HSPs Including fragmenting of credentialing processes, weakening of clinical governance and credentialing processes and loss of information sharing within the WA health system.
The Policy is part of the Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework.
|Policy framework: Clinical Governance, Safety and Quality Policy Framework|
|MP 0083/18 Disputes About the Professional Conduct of a Contracted Medical Practitioner Engaged Under a Medical Services Agreement Policy|
|Date of issue: 9 May 2018|
|This Policy establishes the process by which each Health Service Provider will exercise its rights and obligations to enforce the terms of a Medical Services Agreement relating to the professional conduct of a Contracted Medical Practitioner. The Policy will ensure Contracted Medical Practitioners are afforded procedural fairness where disputes arise.|
|Policy framework: Procurement Policy Framework|