Health Insurance Act 1973 - Declaration of Quality Assurance Activity under section 124X (QAA 2/2012)

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Instrument number QAA 2/2012
Declaration of Quality Assurance Activity under section 124X of the Health Insurance Act 1973.
I, PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER BAGGOLEY, Chief Medical Officer of The Department of Health and Ageing, make this instrument under section 124X of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (the Act).
1.             DECLARE the Activities described in Schedule 1 to this declaration (the Activities) to be quality assurance activities to which Part VC of the Act applies being satisfied in relation to the Activities that:
(i)            the organisations engaging in the Activities are authorised to do so by associations of health professionals, research bodies or educational institutions; and
(ii)          it is in the public interest that Part VC of the Act applies to the Activities having regard to the criteria prescribed in regulations 23C to 23G (inclusive) of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975.
Chief Medical Officer
Department of Health and Ageing
    5   June 2012
Part 1                  Preliminary
1              Name of Declaration
This Declaration is the Declaration of Quality Assurance Activity under section 124X of the Health Insurance Act 1973 also known as QAA 2/2012.
2              Commencement
      This Declaration commences the day after registration on the Federal Register of 
      Legislative Instruments.  Section 124X (4) of the Act prescribes that, unless sooner 
      revoked, this declaration ceases to be in force at the end of five years after the
      instrument of declaration was signed.

Part 2         Schedule 1                  QAA2/2012 – Declared Quality Assurance Activities
[1]       The Radiological Events Register (RaER) by the Australian Patient Safety Patient Foundation (APSF).
The RaER project is an online incident reporting database utilised by radiology professionals to record adverse events that occur during their practice. The database uses the Advanced Incident Management System (AIMS) to capture the incidents occurring in medical imaging and to classify and analyse the data collected. The results are fed back to the radiology profession via the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). RANZCR utilises these results to implement quality improvements in radiology practice.  APSF aggregates data for inclusion in numerous scientific peer reviewed publications, at safety and quality related conferences and for other research projects. The system improvements in radiology practice resulting from the RaER project are beneficial to the public to ensure consumers continue to receive the highest quality of care in medical imaging.
[2]        Breast Screen Reader Assessment Strategy (BREAST) by The University of Sydney, Image Optimisation and Perception, Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences and BreastScreen Australia.
The BREAST activity is an assessment of the quality of service provided by screen readers as part of the BreastScreen Australia program. Digital test sets are utilised in this activity by participants who are assessed on their reading results of cancers detected and cancers missed. Results are analysed by the University of Sydney’s Medical Image Optimisation and Perception Group (MIOPeG). Results of reader performance are fed back to individuals and BreastScreen Service managers. This provides a basis to inform quality practice improvement activities and potential areas for improvements in screen reader training programs. Improvements are made based on the data derived from the BREAST activity which will enhance the quality of care consumers receive as part of BreastScreen services across Australia.
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