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 0582/14||(17 December 2014)|
|School Health Services in Western Australia|
|This policy guides the practice of Community Health staff employed by the Department of Health WA, when delivering services to schools, which include health promotion, early detection and specialist health expertise.|
|OD 0581/14||(17 December 2014)|
|WA Health Aboriginal Workforce Policy|
|The operational directive highlights WA Healthís commitment to building a sustainable Aboriginal health workforce through the WA Health Aboriginal Workforce Policy. There are a number of mandated initiatives to be implemented until WA Health achieves the Public Sector Commissionís Aboriginal employment target of 3.2 per cent.|
|OD 0580/14||(11 December 2014)|
|Prescription and Management of Intravenous Patient Controlled Analgesia.|
|This policy is intended for use in all Western Australian public hospitals and departments where patient controlled analgesia (PCA) is given via intravenous, as Patient Controlled Intravenous Analgesia (PCIA) is prescribed. It aims to ensure that prescription, administration and monitoring of PCIA is safe and appropriate for most patients. This document describes minimum standards for the provision of routine PCIA care, but therapy and monitoring should be adjusted for the individual patientís condition. High-risk patients (e.g. those with head injuries, pre-existing respiratory disease such as obstructive sleep apnoea, or renal/hepatic failure) will require more intensive monitoring or dose adjustment.|
|OD 0579/14||(10 December 2014)|
|Falls Risk Assessment and Management Plan (FRAMP)|
|The Falls Risk Assessment and Management Plan (FRAMP) is a tool for clinicians to assess and manage patients who are identified at risk of falling in inpatient settings. It should be used for the general adult population in all Western Australian public hospitals.|
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