The Health and Disability Services Standards 2008 come into effect on 1 June 2009. They replace the Health and Disability Standards 2001.

These are largely revised Standards rather than new Standards and are focused on outcomes for consumers.

In the main, changes involve updates or amendments designed to reduce duplication in the Standards and provide greater clarity and consistency. Therefore providers who are compliant with the current Standards can anticipate they will have few issues becoming compliant with the revised Standards.

The revised sector-agreed Standards are the result of three years extensive collaboration with many groups including consumers, providers, government and non-government agencies and the Ministry of Health.

They have been structured in a new way that will make it easier to review and update parts of them in the future, in order to keep pace with new trends and developments.
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