BreastScreen Australia services and State Coordination Units (SCU) are regularly reviewed to ensure they are providing a high quality service.
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 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|
|BreastScreen NAS Measure short names||BreastScreen NAS Measure short names (PDF 489 KB)||The short names are for convenience and are not intended to be self-explanatory. Use the full NAS and/or data dictionary for definitions.|
Previous accreditation documents (these documents are relevant for the transition period 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016)
|Resource||Link to resource||Comments|
|National Accreditation Folder (2004)||Australian Government Web Archive||This 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 website||Contains the previous accreditation forms (pre 2015)|
|Addendums to the BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Handbook - Section 3, Section 4, Section 12, Section 13 and Appendix A||Australian Government Web Archive||Contains addendums to the BreastScreen Australia Accreditation Handbook as at September 2012|
|Addendums to the National Accreditation Standards, Appendix I & K and Appendix W||Australian Government Web Archive||Contains addendums to the National Accreditation Standards as at 15 November 2010|