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 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)
|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 (updated in September 2017)|
|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 in April 2017)|
|BSA accreditation forms||BreastScreen Australia accreditation forms||Contains the latest BSA Accreditation forms|
|National Accreditation Status Report||National Accreditation Status Report for March 2017||National Accreditation Status Report for March 2017|
|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.|
|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.|