HealthCERT Bulletin

HealthCERT Bulletin is a quarterly newsletter that provides auditors with updates, research and information to help answer commonly asked questions.

April 2014 (Issue 11)

In this issue:

  • Hospital-level care in Occupational Right Agreement units
  • Building regulations when reconfiguring ORA units
  • Tracer methodology revisited
  • Your questions answered
  • Observed audits
  • New leader at HealthCERT
  • DAA Handbook
  • Trial publication of full audit reports

May 2013 (Issue 9)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 9: May 2013 (PDF, 116.21 KB)

In this issue:

  • Streamlined audit process
  • Comprehensive Care Assessment (interRAI) tool
  • Tracer methodology
  • Summaries for publication
  • Audit versus inspection
  • Food and nutrition guidelines for healthy older people

December 2012 (Issue 8)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 8: December 2012 (PDF, 61.65 KB)

In this issue:

  • Evaluation of Highly Relevant Criteria trial
  • Auditor-General’s follow-up report on rest home monitoring
  • Sampling formula for residential disability audits
  • New clause in ARRC services agreement

September 2012 (issue 7)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 7: September 2012 (PDF, 412 KB)

In this issue:

  • Changes to auditing of residential disability services
  • Tracer methodology revisited
  • Updated Standing Order Guidelines
  • Other matters

April 2012 (issue 6)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 6: April 2012 (PDF, 54 KB)

In this issue:

  • Auditing mental health services
  • Tracer methodology
  • Charging subsidised residents for additional services
  • Getting the provider name right

December 2011 (issue 5)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 5: December 2011 (PDF, 246 KB)

In this issue:

  • InterRAI in residential care
  • Environmental restraint guidelines
  • First aid training
  • Not for Resuscitation Orders revisited
  • Bulk supply of medications in rest homes
  • Infection Control auditing for residential disability providers
  • Summary of recurring issues
  • Publications of interest

June 2011 (issue 4)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 4: June 2011 (PDF, 246 KB)

In this issue:

  • Making the linkages – the essential elements of health care auditing
  • Evaluation of the DAA workshops and the HealthCERT Bulletin
  • Consent for use of enablers
  • Applying for designation
  • Updated audit templates
  • Updated list of certified provider premises
  • Medicines Care Guides for Residential Aged Care

April 2011 (issue 3)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 3: April 2011 (PDF, 50 KB)

In this issue:

  • Meeting the Standard for Nutrition, Safe Food, and Fluid Management (criteria 1.3.13.1 and 1.3.13.2): Further guidance
  • First steps in a residential disability project
  • The why and how of writing summaries for publication
  • What are the requirements for electrical testing?
  • Appointing welfare guardians and other approaches to issues of informed consent
  • Clarifying Not for Resuscitation orders
  • Certification of joint service facilities
  • Recent research and publications

November 2010 (issue 2)

HealthCert Bulletin – Issue 2: November 2010 (PDF, 94KB)

In this issue:

  • Tracer methodology
  • Understanding informed consent, advanced directives, welfare guardian
  • Team leaders/lead auditors
  • Recent research and publications

July 2010 (issue 1)

HealhCERT Bulletin – Issue 1: July 2010 (PDF, 65 KB)

In this issue:

  • Updating progress notes
  • Roles, responsibilities and best practice in medication management
  • Provisional audit: the interview with the prospective provider
  • Dementia services: a summary of auditing requirements
  • Emergency management: is an alternative water source available?
  • Recent research and publications