AMA submission to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care - Feedback on draft National Safety and Quality Primary Healthcare Standards

26 Nov 2020

The AMA provided feedback on the draft National Safety and Quality Primary Healthcare (NSQPH) Standards.

In general, the AMA is satisfied that these draft NSQPH Standards provide a realistic framework in which to assist primary healthcare services, such as independent allied health providers, to minimise the risk of harm and to improve care for patients.

However, the Commission needs to make it abundantly clear that these NSQPH Standards are not intended to encompass general practice.

The definition of what is primary healthcare and a primary healthcare service needs to be reframed from its current general nature so it is specific to the services and providers the NSQPH Standards are intended to apply to. The definition needs to clearly exclude general practice on the basis that existing profession led standards are in place.

The AMA is pleased to see feedback from our January 2018 submission being reflected within these NSQPH Standards, which will help ensure their robustness.