WA Health uses Operational Directives and Information Circulars to inform staff and others of statewide policies, guidelines and frameworks that are applicable within the public health system. Any documents that contain material which is expected to be understood and complied with by relevant staff are issued as an Operational Directives and Information Circulars. All areas within the public health system are expected to implement relevant Operational Directives and Information Circulars.
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WA Health has a policy and guideline for the Operational Directive and Information Circular Distribution system. The policy and guideline provides you with information on mandatory requirements for the development, approval, publication and dissemination of circulars in WA Health.
Operational Directives are policy statements that are approved by the Director-General of Health and are mandatory for all WA Health staff to comply with.
Information Circulars are documents that provide advice or guidance within WA’s public health system. ICs are not policy statements, although they may be used to advise the existence or change in status of a policy statement.
Recently issued Operational Directives and Information Circulars
|OD 0615/15||(3 July 2015)|
|Annual Performance Management Framework|
|The Annual Performance Management Framework (PMF) is a strategic policy that supports the Department of Healthís vision to deliver a safe, high quality, sustainable health system for all Western Australians. The PMF provides the health care system with a common set of performance objectives and targets across WA Health. The framework supports the delivery of agreed performance standards and manages performance as prescribed in Section 6.2 of the PMF.|
|IC 0222/15||(2 July 2015)|
|Dental Officers Industrial Agreement 2014|
|Notification that the Dental Officers Industrial Agreement 2014 was registered by the Western Australian Industrial Relations Commission on 11 June 2015.|
|OD 0614/15||(1 July 2015)|
|Mandatory providers of road based inter hospital patient transport services for Department of Health Hospital Sites and Nursing Posts.|
|The Department of Health has established two contracts for the provision of road based inter hospital patient transport services that are mandatory for Department of Health Hospital Sites and Nursing Posts from 1 July 2015. These contracts cover emergency and non-emergency transport.|
|OD 0613/15||(1 July 2015)|
|Ambulance Handover in Emergency Departments|
|Provides timing as to when patients are to be transferred in to the care of the ED|
|OD 0612/15||(25 June 2015)|
|Corporate and Individual Memberships Policy|
|This Policy specifies when requests to purchase or renew a corporate membership or individual membership to an entity may be funded by WA Health and the process to obtain approval.|
|OD 0611/15||(25 June 2015)|
|Clinical Incident Management Policy (2015)|
|On 13 June 2015, an updated Clinical Incident Management (CIM) Policy was endorsed by the A/Director General. The updated CIM Policy has:
ē incorporated the new sentinel event definition regarding maternal death which was endorsed by AMHAC.
ē clarified and strengthened the processes around the evaluation and reporting of recommendations.
|OD 0610/15||(24 June 2015)|
|Microbiological Air Sampling of Operating Rooms in Western Australian Healthcare Facilities|
|Surgical site infection (SSI) is a major complication following surgery and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as increased costs. The function of operating room (OR) ventilation is to prevent airborne microbial contaminants from entering surgical wounds. Under normal circumstances, the main source of airborne microbial contamination is microscopic skin fragments, contaminated with bacteria, shed by healthcare workers (HCWs) in the OR. Another potential source of airborne microorganisms are air supplies that are not properly filtered. The need for routine microbiological sampling of ORs is controversial. There is no national or international consensus on the methods, frequency, types of sampling or acceptable levels of microbial contamination in a functioning OR. However, there is evidence to support microbiological air sampling of ORs as part of the commissioning process of a new facility or following major refurbishment, as an adjunct to other heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) quality assurance controls. The purpose of microbiological air sampling is to gauge the efficacy of the HVAC systems, including high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters following installation or after major structural refurbishment.|
|OD 0609/15||(24 June 2015)|
|Hospital Fees and Charges 2015-16|
|This directive informs all WA public hospitals of the amended schedule of hospital fees and charges 2015-16, gazetted 2 June 2015 and operationally effective from 1 July 2015.|
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