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 18 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 ODs and ICs deemed no longer relevant or out of date will be withdrawn over time, subject to appropriate consultation with HSPs.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 0052/17 Motor Vehicle Fleet|
|Date of issue: 24 May 2017|
This policy sets out the minimum requirements for Health Service Providers (HSPs) and the Department of Health (DoH) to comply with the WA Government Fleet Policy and Guidelines as issued by the Department of Finance (DoF).
HSPs and the DoH must comply with the motor vehicle fleet cap set by the DoF. Where a HSP or the DoH cannot meet the mandated cap for the year, they will be required to negotiate with the DoF to implement a plan to reduce its vehicle fleet.
Vehicles provided as a Salaries and Allowances Tribunal (SAT) entitlement are private vehicles and are not governed by this policy. Conditions and information relating to SAT vehicles are available from the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
|Policy framework: Infrastructure (Asset Management) Policy Framework|