Accreditation for Western Australia Home Therapy Clinics

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A great win for home-based Western Australian dialysis patients!

Fresenius Medical Care Australia’s two community-based Home Therapy Clinics - Warwick and Coolbellup are the first of their kind to gain national accreditation by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS).

ACHS is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare in Australia through continual review of performance, assessment and accreditation.1 Fresenius Medical Care’s Home Therapy Clinics are the first of their kind achieving this accreditation.

The ACHS national accreditation body leads and coordinates national improvements in safety and quality in healthcare across Australia. Their aim is to support healthcare professionals, organisations and policy makers who work with patients and carers.2 The accreditation is recognised as an important driver for safety and patient care, quality improvement and Australia’s health accreditation processes are highly regarded also internationally.3

The two Home Therapy training clinics in Coolbellup and Warwick provide Peritoneal Dialysis and Home Haemodialysis training to people requiring renal therapy who choose to be treated in their home environment. They also offer clinical assessments on patients, conduct home visits throughout the state and provide education to healthcare facilities on peritoneal dialysis in remote areas. Combined, the units service around 300 patients across both treatment modalities.

Margot Hurwitz, Vice President and Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand at Fresenius Medical Care Australia says “This outstanding achievement is a credit to the commitment and drive of our employees who not only had the vision to accomplish the accreditation process, but ultimately ensuring high quality care for our patients was realised.”

Fresenius Medical Care Australia’s Home Therapy team are focused on empowering people to achieve their desire of returning home by ensuring they are confident in their education and are safely able to manage their dialysis therapy independently.

With a dedicated team of passionate and highly committed staff, the accreditation was achieved over a 18 month preparation process. Policy reviews, process audits and further staff training in specific roles to improve practices such as immunisations, hand hygiene and occupational health and safety controls were all critically reviewed by the National Safety and Quality Health Service concluding that the Coolbellup and Warwick sites passed all necessary criteria for the highly respected accreditation.

Owing to the clinics new accreditation status, Coolbellup and Warwick can guarantee continued quality operations and patient safety. They will serve as a model to further enhance the country’s development in terms of fulfilling safety standards and ultimately maximising patient outcomes in the renal home therapy sector.

Gerrie Vandepeer, Fresenius Medical Care’s WA Home Therapies Manager is also satisfied with the result of the accreditation stating “We are proud that we could showcase our unique service and excellent clinical outcomes during the accreditation process.”

The accreditation was celebrated at the Home Therapies Dialysis Conference in Melbourne earlier this year attracting attention from many industry participants and healthcare professionals.

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  1. Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS); accessed 01.05.2014
  2. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; accessed 23.05.14
  3. Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care; accessed 23.05.14