Australia's healthcare accreditation program

The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) is recognised as the leading health care accreditation body in Australia and now meets overseas requests for a quality healthcare accreditation program through ACHS International (ACHSI).

ACHSI is a wholly owned subsidiary company of ACHS and extends ACHS's mission and vision internationally. It has a strong presence in Darwin through the leadership of Professor Len Notaras.

Key objectives are:

  • to advance ACHS's vision internationally
  • to enhance ACHS's national standing, and
  • to facilitate the capacity of international organisations to achieve increased levels of quality and safety for service and care delivery.

Established in July 2005, ACHSI has quickly developed a strong market identity internationally and built valuable relationships. ACHSI's reputation for providing high levels of member support is made possible through a vast international network of highly qualified, trained and experienced surveyors and consultants.

The ACHS is administrated by a secretariat of approximately 50 employees and has a surveyor workforce of industry peers made up of senior health care professionals in organisations across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, India, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

ACHSI's experience, through the Hong Kong Pilot Scheme and accreditation of members of the Hospital Authority Hong Kong and Private Hospital Association, provides ACHSI with a strong understanding of the local contextual issues that are critical to successful accreditation outcomes.

ACHS currently have a strong engagement in China particularly through Aust-China Health Accelerator (ACHA) and are currently looking at capacity building in hospital management in Chinese hospitals (private and public).