Local Health Networks

Accreditation of New Units

The submission template for new units should be used when a unit that has not been previously accredited is applying for accreditation.

Lccal Health Networks (LHNs) are advised to notify the SA MET Unit by the end of May each year of any changes to existing accredited units or new units that need to be accredited for the forthcoming year.

The accreditation process for new units can take considerable time from application through to notification of accreditation status. See timelines below for when applications need to be submitted.

It is recommended that LHNs do not wait for final funding approval as this could result in the unit not receiving accreditation status prior to the required commencement date. If accreditation is granted but the funding is not approved, the accreditation status will remain on file for the approved accreditation period pending funding approval. Once funding has been granted the LHN will need to advise the SA MET Unit of any significant changes that could affect the original accreditation decision.

For more information see the new unit accreditation process.

Accreditation of Local Health Networks

The submission template for LHNs should be completed when a LHN is applying for accreditation.

The accreditation process for LHNs can take considerable time from application through to notification of accreditation status. When applying for accreditation, LHNs should allow sufficient time for required approval processes. Submissions should be returned to the SA MET Unit no later than 60 days prior to the date of the site visit. Details on the submission are to be verified by the Director of Medical Services (DMS) and the Director of Clinical Training (DCT).

The schedule for LHN accreditations covers 2015 – 2017 and has been approved by the SA MET Health Advisory Council and the Medical Board of Australia (MBA).

The SA MET Unit will liaise with the LHNs to confirm dates and assist with completing the accreditation submission.

For more information see the LHN Accreditation Process.

Accreditation Report Executive Summaries

A list of current Accreditation Executive Summaries for South Australia’s Local Health Networks can be viewed here:

Central Adelaide Local Health Network (CALHN)

Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)

Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN)

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN)

Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN)

Planning an Accreditation Visit

The guideline for planning an accreditation visit provides examples and guidance for LHNs organising a schedule for a visiting accreditation team.

Reporting on Accreditation provisos

Accreditation is awarded for a period of time, subject to the resolution of provisos. Where an accreditation standard has not been met or has only partially been met a proviso will be made with a reporting requirement. The SA MET Unit will provide LHNs with a spreadsheet of provisos and reporting timelines to assist with meeting deadlines.

For more information see the process for reporting on accreditation provisos.

Resources to Assist in Preparing for Accreditation

See accreditation resources.