Expanded Definition of Anaesthesia for NSW Private Health Facilities


Expanded Definition of Anaesthesia for NSW Private Health Facilities

This training brochure applies to organisations that subscribe to the NSW – Private Health Facilities: Service and Building Requirements module

Private Health Facilities Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2018 No. 521 (NSW)

The Private Health Facilities Amendment (Miscellaneous) Regulation 2018 No. 521 (NSW) (the Amending Regulations) commenced on 7 September 2018, amending the Private Health Facilities Regulation 2017 (NSW) (the Regulations).

The Amending Regulations have amended the definition of anaesthesia and introduced a definition for diagnostic imaging practice anaesthesia into the Regulations, as follows:

  • the definition of anaesthesia now includes diagnostic imaging anaesthesia; and
  • diagnostic imaging anaesthesia means the administration of general, epidural or major regional anaesthetic or sedation resulting in deeper than conscious sedation, but only when administered:
    • in diagnostic imaging premises (within the meaning of the Health Insurance Act 1973 (Cth) that are on the premises of a licensed anaesthesia class private health facility; and
    • to a patient of the private health facility; and
    • by a registered medical practitioner who is a member of staff of, or accredited to provide health services at, the private health facility.

Compliance impact

Subscribers should note that anaesthesia obligations, such as record keeping now also apply to diagnostic imaging anaesthesia.

Conclusion

Subscribers should update their processes in line with the amended definition of anaesthesia as discussed above. All relevant amendments can be found in the NSW – Private Health Facilities: Service and Building Requirements module.

Contact

For further information please contact the Law Compliance team:

Phone: 1300 862 667

Email: info@lawcompliance.com.au