Commission’s Clinical Care Standards Update

Since the last Clinical Care Standards update, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care have released the new Opioid Analgesic Stewardship in Acute Pain Clinical Care Standard.

This Standard describes the components of care when patients are prescribed opioid analgesics for acute pain in the acute care setting, with the aim of limiting their use to reduce harm and misuse in this space.

The POS service has added all the indicators under this standard to our collection tool with the first period for potential reporting being the 1st half of 2022 dataset. These indicators will be reported in the same manner as ACHS indicators and the manuals for these standards are available on the AHCS website under the POS resources section.

The next set of indicators to be released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare will likely be the Sepsis Clinical Care Standard. ACHS aims to have these indicators available shortly after release.

If you are interested in submitting these sets and if they are not available for you in PIRT, please contact the POS team and we will facilitate this. Please send requests to