Diagnostic Imaging Quality Programs

Recent Australian government funding to programs designed to ensure the quality of Australian diagnostic imaging services.

Page last updated: 05 September 2016

A brief overview

This page provides a brief overview of the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme as wel as programs that have contributed to quality diagnostic imaging in the recent past.

Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme

  • Since 2010, the quality and safety of diagnostic imaging services has been promoted through the operation of the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS).
  • DIAS ensures that diagnostic imaging practices meet specified standards in order to deliver Medicare-eligible services. Advice on the ongoing implementation of the DIAS was provided by the DIAS Monitoring and Implementation Committee until the expiry of the committee’s term in 2015.

Diagnostic Imaging Quality Program

In 2010 the Department of Health funded the Diagnostic Imaging Quality Program (DIQP) to deliver in priority areas such as diagnostic imaging safety and efficiency and the consumer experience. The program was ceased in 2014, with the final funded projects to be completed in 2016.

Diagnostic Imaging Quality Practice Program

In 2004 the Diagnostic Imaging Quality Practice Program (DIQPP) had a budget of $21.4 million with which to:
  • improve the quality of diagnostic imaging services
  • recognise the contributions of the radiology and nuclear medicine industries to the reallocation of unspent funds.
In order to be eligible for a grant, practices were required to complete a simple application form and to nominate how they intended to use the money to improve the quality of their services. Successful applications focused on:
  • IT systems: e.g. patient management software or image storage infrastructure
  • in capital infrastructure: e.g. the purchase of new equipment or the upgrade of existing equipment
  • facilities: e.g. upgrades and refurbishments to patient areas
  • workforce development: e.g. through up-skilling or staff training.
  • compliance activities: e.g. participation in the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme, preparation of radiation safety plans or equipment compliance activities
The Diagnostic Imaging Quality Practice Program ceased operation in 2010.

Quality Use of Diagnostic Imaging Program

The Quality Use of Diagnostic Imaging Program was funded between 2004 and 2008 to support improvements in quality, safety and sustainability of radiology services in Australia. The program was established under the Radiology Quality and Outlays Memorandum of Understanding and managed by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR).
The program ceased operation in 2008-09.

The table below lists the successful projects and organisations and links to their project as possible.
Successful organisationsProject focus
RadlogixElectronic Decision Support in a GP Practice
Australian Society for Ultrasound in MedicinePoint of Care Ultrasound Qualifications
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)Inside Radiology—Update 2013
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)CT Dose Optimisation
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR)Education Modules

Completion due: May 2015

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZOG)Nuchal Translucency - Reflections on Effectiveness - Plus

Due Sept 2014

Queensland HealthCT Dose Optimisation
University of Sydney / NSW BreastscreenEvaluation of a linear feature extraction algorithm

Completion due March 2018

University of SydneyBEACH—Image Ordering by Australian GPs
Consumer Health ForumDiagnostic Imaging and Informed Consumer Consent
Western Australia Department of HealthDiagnostic Imaging Pathways
Australian Association of Nuclear Medicine SpecialistsProvision of enhanced information to referrers and patients