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We have been advised by ACSQHC that of the ten Standards, only standards one to six will apply to the natural health profession.
The ACSQHC is currently developing national initiatives to reduce healthcare-associated infections and plans to implement new 'Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare' later this year.
The Australian Council of Safety and Quality Standards in Health Care (ACSQHC 2017) have included six specific actions in their requirements for health services to meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
These reflect the definition of the ACSQHC (2014) definition, where the focus is individual health literacy and the organisational context.
Effective communication failure is one of the most commonly cited causes of adverse events and complaints about health care (ACSQHC 2014).
Health professionals are urged to be aware of the concept of health literacy and to utilise a range of these communication strategies in clinical practice with all consumers (ACSQHC 2014; Dickens et al 2013).
* The Australian Safety and Quality Goals for Health Care, which includes Partnering with Consumers as a Goal and becoming a health literate organisation as a core outcome (ACSQHC 2012a).
* The National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards, which implicitly refers to health literacy and the provision of easy-to-understand information in nine of the ten standards (ACSQHC 2012b).
The issue of continuity of care has been acknowledged by the Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC), responsible for developing the 'National Patient Safety Education Framework' (ACSQH C 2005).
A number of other features might suggest fear of falling: gait abnormalities can be present, there may be poor self-perception of physical health and cognitive status may be impaired (ACSQHC 2008; Vellas et al 1997; Arfken et al 1994).
Cognitive impairment has long been recognised as a major risk factor for falls (NARI 2004; Vellas et al 1997; Tinetti et al 1990) and a contributor to fear of falling (ACSQHC 2008).
I knew I was too tired to take care of the sicker patients but you can't speak out --you are seen as a whinger (ACSQHC 2003 p.12).
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