AHA administered key aspects of the $35 million Establishing Quality Health Standards (EQHS) Program on behalf the Indigenous Health Division of the Commonwealth Department of Health, from 2011 to 2015. This program included three different grant/funding streams, designed to assist Aboriginal health services to improve the quality of services they provide. This grants program was previously handled internally by the Department and using an external party (AHA) to perform this role was a new approach.
The EQHS measure aims to support Aboriginal health services to achieve and maintain clinical accreditation and organisational accreditation, by the provision of support including:
The measure was funded until June 2015 via a $35 million budget allocation. Aboriginal health services eligible for support included:
AHA successfully operated a fully outsourced model, which includes:
EQHS supports Aboriginal health services to achieve and maintain clinical accreditation and organisational accreditation