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The NUCLEUS Program is a resource provided by RANZCO exclusively to its members and members’ staff to assist with the improvement of safety and quality of care Fellows provide within their clinics. There are two versions of the program, NUCLEUS Australia which is underpinned by the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards, and NUCLEUS New Zealand which is underpinned by the New Zealand Standards 8164:2005 and 8165:2005.

NUCLEUS aims to assist Fellows and their staff to improve the safety and quality of care they provide in their clinics using the NSQHS Standards and 8164:2005 and 8165:2005 Standards as a framework. NUCLEUS may be used as a Quality Improvement tool in its own right, or to assist Fellows in preparing the necessary documentation for accreditation against the appropriate standards.

Accreditation and adherence to the standards is mandatory for licensed hospitals and day procedure services in Australia, but not currently for ophthalmology practices. RANZCO anticipates that this situation will change in the near future and is taking a proactive approach by promoting accreditation and assisting Fellows towards that goal. Accreditation and adherence to NZS 8164:2005 is a mandatory requirement for any practices that wish to be listed as a Southern Cross affiliated partner.

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Last updated: July 6, 2020

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