The National Standards for Mental Health Services (NSMHS)

The ACHS review process for Mental Health Services

ACHS provides assessment services for the National Standards for Mental Health Services (NSMHS) 2010, offering health services two surveying models from which to choose:

1. Integrated Survey

ACHS offers an integrated survey to those health services that are accredited under EQuIP 6, EQuIPNational or the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.  Under this survey model the mapped NSMHS criteria are reviewed under the corresponding action/criteria of EQuIP, EQuIPNational or NSQHS Standards with only the unmapped NSMHS criteria requiring additional review.

2. Standalone Survey

ACHS offers a standalone survey for those health services that prefer an in-depth review of the NSMHS or are not accredited under EQuIP 6, EQuIPNational or NSQHS Standards.

Certificate of Recognition

The survey team will make a recommendation that the mental health service receives a Certificate of Recognition if they consider that the NSMHS have been satisfactorily incorporated into everyday service delivery.


For more information, including survey requirements, contact your ACHS Customer Services Manager or telephone ACHS on 02 9281 9955.

Last Review Date 12 January 2018

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