WA Health System Wide Policy Documents (Operational Directives and Information Circulars) Policy
This document supersedes Operational Directive 0001/06.
This Operational Directive is applicable to the Department of Health and all Health Services, agencies and entities responsible or accountable directly or indirectly to the undersigned.
Operational Directives are the policy statements (inclusive of policies, procedures, guidelines and other defined policy document types) that are approved by the Director General of Health.
Compliance with Operational Directives is mandatory.
Information Circulars are documents that provide advice or information within WA’s public health system. The procedure for developing an Information Circular is the same as an Operational Directive. Information Circulars are not policy statements, although they may be used to advise the existence or change in status of a policy statement. Information Circulars are to be kept brief and written in plain language.
All existing Operational Directives and Information Circulars first published over five years previously are to be reviewed by the responsible Division of the Department or Health Service and where appropriate, updated and reissued, or withdrawn.
Area Health Service Chief Executives and Department Executive Directors are responsible for ensuring the effective dissemination of Operational Directives and Information Circulars and are directly responsible and accountable for ensuring the observance of Operational Directives.
Professor Bryant Stokes
ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA
BIBLIOGRAPHY / REFERENCES:
||ISO 15489 Ė Information and Documentation: records management.
||State Records Act 2000 and State Records Principles and Standards 2002.
||National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
||Davis, G. 2004 Australian Policy Handbook Third Edition. Allen & Unwin, Sydney
||Good Governance Guide for Public Sector Agencies.
||A Guide to the development, implementation and evaluation of clinical practice guidelines, National Health and Medical Research Medical Council, Canberra 1998.