Practice Accreditation:  AANMS and DIAS Programs

AANMS Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Program

The AANMS Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Program is a voluntary program of accreditation for nuclear medicine services and for diagnostic ultrasound and bone mineral densitometry services if offered in conjunction with nuclear medicine services. For information about the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's mandatory Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme, please see below.

A "practice" comprises the physical facilities and staff necessary to provide all components of nuclear medicine services at a specific geographic location. At least one appropriate state radiation licence and Medicare Australia provider number of a recognised specialist in nuclear medicine will be linked to the location.

In 2010, the AANMS signed an agreement with the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) to implement a joint AANMS/NATA Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Program. Implementation of this AANMS/NATA Program is expected to occur in 2011, following a review of the AANMS's accreditation standards by the AANMS's Accreditation Implementation Committee (AIC)

Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation

As part of its Memorandum of Understanding (1999-2003) with the Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) the AANMS agreed to develop and run a program of accreditation for nuclear medicine practices throughout Australia. This Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Program (the Program) is based on the document Standards for Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Practices produced by the Association's Quality Practice and Accreditation Committee (QPAC) and developed in consultation with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) over several years.

This set of Standards was adopted in 2000 by both organisations as the Standards that will apply to nuclear medicine practice accreditation across Australia, thus ensuring uniformity of accreditation for all nuclear medicine practices. The second edition of the Standards was issued in January 2005, following minor edits and expansion to include standards for Diagnostic Ultrasound and Bone Mineral Densitometry accreditation. This second edition of the Standards is available for download (nuclear medicine only; see below).

It was also agreed that while the AANMS and the RANZCR would run separate practice accreditation programs, they would have reciprocal recognition for their respective Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Programs. Thus, any nuclear medicine practice that has achieved accreditation through either the AANMS or the RANZCR will be considered to have fulfilled the professional, technical and administrative accreditation requirements of the other organisation.

Accreditation is a two-stage process. Initially, a practice may be granted interim accreditation following desktop review of the application; following this, a site visit will be undertaken and, depending on the outcome of this, the practice will be granted full accreditation. At present, the accreditation cycle lasts four years.

Accredited Practices

The number of practices per state that have achieved full accreditation under the original AANMS Practice Accreditation Program is:

ACT:  1

NSW:  3

QLD:  2

VIC:  2

The number of practices per state that have achieved interim accreditation under the original AANMS Practice Accreditation Program is:

ACT:  1

NSW:  47

QLD:  5

SA:  3

VIC:  21

WA:  6

Further Information

For further information, please read Frequently Asked Questions or contact the AANMS Secretariat.

Documents for Download:

Documents for download: Note: Hard copies of these documents are also available from the AANMS Secretariat.

> Standards for Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Practices - Second Edition, January 2005 (1.1Mb)

Appendices:

> Quality Control of Nuclear Medicine Equipment - ANZSNM Standards (1.4Mb)

> Clinical Exercise Stress Testing - CSANZ Standards (139Kb)

> Pharmacological Stress Testing - CSANZ Standards (216Kb

Application Form and Checklist:

> Application Form & Checklist for Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation (1.5Mb)

> Technical Instructions for Completing Application Form Electronically (92Kb)

Diagnostic Ultrasound & Bone Mineral Densitometry Services Accreditation
For the convenience of those nuclear medicine practices that offer services in diagnostic ultrasound and would like to apply for accreditation of these services, the AANMS Council has agreed to include these modalities as part of the Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Program.

Please note that accreditation of these modalities is offered only where they are provided in conjunction with nuclear medicine services. The AANMS does not accredit stand-alone ultrasound or BMD practices

Please contact the AANMS Secretariat if you wish to apply for your nuclear medicine practice to be accredited for diagnostic ultrasound and/or BMD practice.

If you have any queries or would like further information about the AANMS's Nuclear Medicine Practice Accreditation Program, please contact the Secretariat at aanms[at]aanms.org.au.

MANDATORY DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING ACCREDITATION SCHEME (DIAS)

A reminder that registration for Stage II of the Australian Department of Health and Ageing's Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) was required by 30 June 2010.

Nuclear medicine practices must be registered for "deemed accreditation" with an approved accreditor so that their nuclear medicine services are eligible for Medicare benefits. Further information is available on the Department of Health and Ageing's website.

The Standards can be downloaded here.

The three approved accrediting bodies are:

  • Health and Disability Auditing Australia
  • Phone: 1800 601 696
  • Website: www.hdaau.com.au
  • National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA)
  • Phone: 1800 621 666
  • Website: www.nata.com.au/dias
  • Quality in Practice
  • Phone: 1300 888 329
  • Website: www.qip.com.au
 
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