Accreditation is a public recognition by a health care accreditation body of the achievement of accreditation standards by a health care organisation, demonstrated through an independent external peer review assessment of that organisation’s level of performance in relation to specific standards.
The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International (ACHSI) provides a range of accreditation services focused on the specific needs of each organisation, utilising internationally recognised standards that are focused on the key attributes of a health care organisation that is committed to the concept of continuous quality improvement.
The principles upon which the ACHSI programs are developed reflect the characteristics displayed by an improving organisation including:
a consumer focus in care and service provision;
evidence of outcomes, and
striving for best practice.