Accreditation

Page last updated: 29 June 2017

Accreditation is important for ensuring safety, quality and consistency of BreastScreen Australia services across over 750 locations nationally. BreastScreen Australia services and State Coordination Units (SCU) are regularly reviewed to ensure they are providing a high quality service and compliance with the BreastScreen Australia National Accreditation Standards (NAS).

The Revised Accreditation System

On 1 January 2017, the revised accreditation system was implemented, which followed a review of the accreditation system that was finalised in 2015. The transition to the revised accreditation system was undertaken throughout 2016.

As of 1 January 2017 all services/SCUs are expected to be fully transitioned and submitting applications under the revised accreditation system.

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 Quality Management Committee who are the accreditation decision making body.

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 as of 1 January 2017)

ResourceLink to resourceComments
Data DictionaryBreastScreen Australia Data Dictionary: version 1.1Contains the latest Data Dictionary, released on 2 March 2015
Accreditation HandbookBreastScreen Australia Accreditation Handbook 2015Contains the latest Accreditation Handbook, released in March 2015 (updated in June 2017)
National Accreditation Standards CommentaryBreastScreen Australia National Accreditation Standards Commentary October 2015Contains the latest National Accreditation Standards Commentary released in October 2015 (minor corrections made in April 2017)
BSA accreditation formsBreastScreen Australia accreditation formsContains the latest BSA Accreditation forms
National Accreditation Status ReportNational Accreditation Status Report for March 2017National Accreditation Status Report for March 2017
BreastScreen Australia Implementation BulletinsBreastScreen Australia Implementation BulletinsContains updates on the implementation of the revised BreastScreen Australia accreditation system
BreastScreen NAS Measure short namesBreastScreen 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.
National Quality Improvement Plan (NQIP)National Quality Improvement Plan (PDF 469 KB)The purpose of the National Quality Improvement Plan (NQIP) is to support quality improvement within the BreastScreen Australia (BSA) program at a national level.