The eight NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement about the level of care consumers can expect from health services.
The National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards were developed by the Commission in collaboration with the Australian Government, states and territories, private sector providers, clinical experts, patients and carers. The primary aims of the NSQHS Standards are to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision.
All public and private hospitals, day procedure services and public dental practices are required to be accredited to the NSQHS Standards. Many other healthcare facilities will also choose to be accredited in order to improve the safety and quality of health care provision.