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 0554/14||(28 August 2014)|
|The Operation and Maintenance of Needle and Syringe Vending Machines (NSVMS)|
|This operational directive applies to all individual sites invited by the Sexual Health and Blood-borne Virus Program (SHBBVP) to install and operate a needle and syringe vending machine (NSVM).|
|OD 0553/14||(28 August 2014)|
|Provision of Sterile Needles and Syringes from Rural and Regional Hospitals to People Who Inject Drugs|
|This operational directive provides guidance to needle and syringe program health sites which fall under the mandate, as a means to provide access to sterile needles and syringes and support safer injecting practices in rural and regional areas. The intended health outcome is the prevention of blood-borne virus transmission and other injecting-related harms in rural and regional areas.|
|OD 0552/14||(27 August 2014)|
|Inter-Hospital Patient Transport Charges|
|This Operational Directive informs WA Health of St John Ambulance Western Australian Ltdís new pricing model for Inter Hospital Patient Transports across the state for 2014/15, effective from 1 July 2014.|
|OD 0551/14||(27 August 2014)|
|Baby Friendly Health Initiative Ė Hospital breastfeeding policy 2014|
|Baby Friendly Health Initiative - Hospital breastfeeding policy is a statewide policy for hospitals with maternity facilities in Western Australia. The aim of the policy is to encourage, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding in hospitals with maternity facilities.|
|OD 0550/14||(27 August 2014)|
|Annual Review of Healthís Fees And Charges underpinned by Robust Costing Methods and Systems|
|This directive advises accountable authorities of the requirement to conduct regular reviews (at least once a year) of their fees and charges. The review is to be underpinned by robust costing systems to ensure that such fees and charges do not over-recover the cost of providing the service.|
|OD 0549/14||(20 August 2014)|
|Information Governance of Medical Practitioner Details|
|The Information Governance of Medical Practitioner Details Policy ensures accuracy and consistency in the collection and maintenance of medical practitioner details across all information systems at a statewide level. This is achieved through the allocation of accountability and responsibility for data quality and maintenance to WA Health staff.|
|OD 0548/14||(20 August 2014)|
|Area of Need Policy and Guidelines and Supporting Documentation|
|The area of need policy and guidelines have been amended to better reflect current and future medical workforce trends. The documentation complies with the legislation Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010, which came in to effect on 18 October 2010.|
|IC 0195/14||(20 August 2014)|
|Direct Transfer of the Body of a Deceased Person into the Hands of Relatives|
|Information for hospital staff involved in the direct transfer of the body of a deceased person into the hands of relatives. Legal issues are dealt with and best practice procedures are described.|
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