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 0636/15||(26 November 2015)|
|Nutrition Standards for Adult Inpatients in WA Hospitals|
|The 'Nutrition Standards for adult inpatients in WA hospitals' guides all those providing patient meals and designing and planning patient menus and recipes to: meet the nutritional needs of adult inpatients; and provide adult inpatients with suitable menu choices.|
|OD 0635/15||(26 November 2015)|
|Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist|
|The purpose of the Policy for Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist is to inform mental health and other health staff of the statutory requirement to report notifiable incidents to the Chief Psychiatrist MHA 2014 section (s) 526(2).|
|OD 0634/15||(25 November 2015)|
|WA Health Substantive Equality Policy|
|The WA Health Substantive Equality Policy has been revised to reflect the expanded scope of the Policy Framework for Substantive Equality and to reaffirm WA Health's ongoing commitment and responsibilities.|
|OD 0633/15||(25 November 2015)|
|Department of Health Open Data Strategy|
|The Department of Health Open Data Strategy (Strategy) outlines a plan of action for the Department to achieve the Western Australian Government's commitment to Open Data and recommendation for agency-level policy. Accordingly, the Strategy outlines the Department's appoarch to evaluating data for release, with all data classified as 'Public' considered to be in scope for public release (refer to Information Classification Policy OD 0537/14). The Strategy also considers the Open Data policy principles that apply to the Department and outlines actions to achieve policy objectives.|
|IC 0235/15||(25 November 2015)|
|Dental Technician (Advanced Level) Classification Progression Ė Dental Technicians Industrial Agreement 2015|
|Notification of requirements for progression to Dental Technician Advanced Level 1 and Level 2 as prescribed by the Dental Technicians Industrial Agreement 2015|
|OD 0632/15||(18 November 2015)|
|Mandatory Testing of a Suspected Transferor for an Infectious Disease|
|To provide health care workers employed by WA Health with guidelines for the management of disease test authorisations and disease test orders presented by WA Police.|
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