Accreditation

Page last updated: 19 July 2016

BreastScreen Australia services and State Coordination Units (SCU) are regularly reviewed to ensure they are providing a high quality service.

Accreditation Review

In 2011, a review of BreastScreen Australia's accreditation system commenced. The review was finalised in late 2015, and the transition to the revised accreditation system will commence on 1 January 2016. The transition to the revised accreditation system has a number of phases:

  • Transition period - 12 month period: 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016. This period is a 12 month transition where services/SCUs may submit applications for accreditation under the old or revised accreditation system.
  • Full implementation - from 1 January 2017. All services/SCUs will be expected to be fully transitioned and submitting applications under the revised accreditation system from this date onwards.

Accreditation process

Accreditation is the process that evaluates the overall service/SCU. All services/SCUs must participate in the accreditation process to be part of BreastScreen Australia. The accreditation system includes checking that services/SCUs meet the standards through accreditation surveys, self-assessment and reporting to the National Accreditation Management Committee.

Under the revised accreditation system, BreastScreen Australia services and BreastScreen Australia SCUs are regularly reviewed to ensure they are providing a high quality service.

The performance of every BreastScreen Australia service and SCU is measured through a set of nationally agreed standards.

Services and SCUs are only accredited if they are providing an acceptable quality of service. Each BreastScreen Australia service and SCU must undergo a formal accreditation survey once every four years.

Information on the accreditation status of a BreastScreen Australia service is available in the National Accreditation Status Report.

BreastScreen Australia Accreditation resources

Revised accreditation documents (for use by BreastScreen Australia Services and SCU's from 1 January 2016)

Resource Link to resource Comments
Data Dictionary BreastScreen Australia Data Dictionary: version 1.1 Contains the latest Data Dictionary, released on 2 March 2015
Accreditation Handbook BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Handbook 2015 Contains the latest Accreditation Handbook, released in March 2015
National Accreditation Standards Commentary BreastScreen Australia National Accreditation Standards Commentary October 2015 Contains the latest National Accreditation Standards Commentary released in October 2015 (minor corrections made on 8 April 2016)
BSA accreditation forms BreastScreen Australia accreditation forms 2016 Contains the latest BSA Accreditation forms (updated on 19 July 2016)
National Accreditation Status Report National Accreditation Status Report for June 2016 National Accreditation Status Report for June 2016
BreastScreen Australia Implementation Bulletins BreastScreen Australia Implementation Bulletins Contains updates on the implementation of the revised BreastScreen Australia accreditation system

Previous accreditation documents (these documents are relevant for the transition period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016)

ResourceLink to resourceComments
National Accreditation Folder (2004)Australian Government Web ArchiveThis folder contains previous accreditation documentation: the National Accreditation Standards Commentary, Accreditation Handbook and decision tool for the old accreditation system (pre 2015)
BreastScreen Australia accreditation forms (PDF)Perform websiteContains the previous accreditation forms (pre 2015)
Addendums to the BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Handbook - Section 3, Section 4, Section 12, Section 13 and Appendix AAustralian Government Web ArchiveContains addendums to the BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Handbook as at September 2012
Addendums to the National Accreditation Standards, Appendix I & K and Appendix WAustralian Government Web ArchiveContains addendums to the National Accreditation Standards as at 15 November 2010