Health care facilities carry out prescribed medical and dental procedures. They might also offer overnight patient stays before or after medical treatment. The operator of a health care facility must hold a Health Care Facility Activity Licence.
A health care facility is a premises upon which prescribed medical or dental procedures are carried out and/or a premises where overnight patient stays are provided.
The operator of a health care facility must hold a Health Care Facility Activity Licence.
Licences are issued under the ACT Health Care Facilities Code of Practice 2001.
Prescribed medical and dental procedures are defined by the Code as activities carried out for medical or cosmetic reasons by a health care professional, involving:
- the administration of general, spinal, epidural or major regional block anaesthetic or intravenous sedative for the purpose of performing an elective procedure, not including mandibular blocks;
- dialysis, haemofiltration or haemoperfusion;
- prolonged intravenous infusion of a single cytotoxic agent or sequential intravenous infusion of more than one cytotoxic agent; or
- cardiac catheterisation.
ACT Health Directorate is reviewing the regulation of health care facilities in the ACT. The discussion paper Update to the Licensing and Regulation of Health Care Facilities will be released for public consultation submissions from Monday 10 August 2020 to Friday 18 September 2020. For more information about the consultation visit the Health Care Facilities Consultation page.