With a Lead Principle of Living Well for all Australians impacted by CoHD throughout their lives, the CoHD Standards will guide the best practice for quality care and sustainable services for consumers (patients, families and carers), healthcare providers and health service planners with regard to the structure and delivery of services now and in the future.

The CoHD Standards:

  • Hold patients and families at the centre and use a whole-of-life approach aimed at providing excellence in care and good health as targets, importantly embedding the requirements for supporting mental health and neurodevelopmental care
  • Recognise and address the challenges associated with access and equity to specialty services across regional and rural Australia, and facing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and other priority populations
  • Provide a framework and advise priorities for the development of clinical guidelines and determine workforce and infrastructure needs (Phase 2 and 3 of the CoHD Standards project)
The scope of the CoHD Standards:

With an emphasis on excellence in healthcare for all Australians affected by CoHD, the CoHD Standards outline the best contemporary practice standards for quality care and sustainable services. This ensures the CoHD Standards will continue to be useful for Australian patients, families and carers, the healthcare professionals who care for them, and for service developers, providers and policy makers who direct and manage infrastructure and governance.

The CoHD Standards define the central tenants of practice in large hospital services, regional and remote clinics across the lifetime of patients, families and carers. Detailed paths defined in Phase 2 and 3 of the CoHD Standards project will include the progressive development of Clinical Guidelines and Workforce and Infrastructure plans