Licensing: private health care facilities
The NSW Health Private Health Care Unit is responsible for:
- Administering the requirements of the
- Private Health Facilities Act 2007
- Private Health Facilities Regulation 2010
- Assisted Reproductive Technology Act 2007
- Assisted Reproductive Technology Regulation 2009
- Endorsement of the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) s.115 [http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/inforce/act+8+2007+cd+0+N] in conjunction with NSW Health Mental Health and Drugs and Alcohol Office for a psychiatric class private health facility.
- Administration of the licensing of anatomy laboratories under the Anatomy Act 1977[http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/inforce/act+126+1977+cd+0+N].
NSW Health takes a quality improvement approach and works with the owners and managers of the facilities to ensure that the standards of safety, care and quality of life for patients are met. The Director-General can cancel a licence if there is serious non-compliance with the Act and Regulation.
Private health facilities
A private health facility must provide for the accommodation of one or more of the following groups:
- Patients who are admitted for more than 24 hours
- Patients who are not discharged on the same day that they are admitted, but are admitted for not more than 24 hours
- Patients who are admitted and discharged on the same day.
Private health facilities must meet all general licensing standards [http://www.legislation.nsw.gov.au/maintop/view/inforce/subordleg+64+2010+cd+0+N] and any associated licensing standards that apply to each class of the facility.
There are currently 18 prescribed classes of private health facilities:
- Cardiac catheterisation
- Cardiac surgery
- Gastrointestinal Endoscopy
- Intensive care
- Interventional neuroradiology
- Mental health
- Rapid opoid detoxification
- Renal dialysis