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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How to develop and publish a circular
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 0561/14||(18 September 2014)|
|WA High Risk Medication Policy|
|The purpose of the WA High Risk Medication Policy (the policy) is to improve patient safety by raising awareness amongst all clinical staff that prescribe, dispense or administer high-risk medications to establish locally-based safeguards and strategies to reduce the risk of errors with these medicines during all phases of the medication use process.|
|OD 0560/14||(18 September 2014)|
|Management of Patient Health Records in an Emergency.|
|This Operational Directive (OD) aims to standardise a process for managing and transferring patient health records between health care facilities in an emergency.|
|OD 0562/14||(15 September 2014)|
|WA Health Misconduct Policy|
|Misconduct Policy, applicable to all Health Service employees and other staff not subject to the provisions of Part 5 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.|
|IC 0197/14||(15 September 2014)|
|Misconduct Policy - Explanatory Notes and Template Letters|
|Misconduct Policy - Explanatory Notes and Template Letters, applicable to all Health Service employees and other staff not subject to the provisions of Part 5 of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.|
|OD 0559/14||(11 September 2014)|
|Information Storage and Disposal Policy|
|The Information Storage and Disposal Policy ensures all WA Healthís information is stored, classified, secured and accessible in a consistent and timely manner. This is achieved by outlining the relevant associated policies and procedures concerning storage and disposal in the one document.|
|OD 0558/14||(11 September 2014)|
|Data Collection Policy|
|The Data Collection Policy (Policy) was first issued as an Operational Directive in July 2012. The Policy outlines best practice for establishing and managing data collections within WA Health. The Policy also ensures all new data collections are developed with regards to other existing health data collections and strategic initiatives within WA Health.|
|OD 0557/14||(11 September 2014)|
|Information Lifecycle Management Policy|
|The Information Lifecycle Management Policy assists WA Health mange the follow of information from creation and initial storage to the time when it becomes obsolete. The policy outlines best practice to ensure data within WA Health is managed efficiently and effectively over time to meet its legal, professional and ethical responsibilities.|
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