The Importance of Accreditation
The aims of DSAC Accreditation are to:
- Promote sexual assault/abuse medical and forensic practice that is safe, competent and consistent.
- Recognise competence and expertise in an area of work where potentially the implications of a doctor's opinion has far reaching effects.
- Provide evidence of training and expertise for the Police, ACC, Ministry of Health, Child Youth and Family and the Justice System.
What Does DSAC Accreditation Involve?
Doctors can apply for DSAC accreditation after they have attended the DSAC Initial Adult or Paediatric Training Courses (or equivalent).
DSAC Accreditation requires submission of case notes, supervisors' reports, references and evidence of Expert Review/MERG and multidisciplinary networking. The application requires approval by the DSAC Accreditation Subcommittee.
Accreditation is divided into categories by age group i.e. adult, adolescent and child. Doctors may become accredited in one or more of these categories.
There are 3 levels of accreditation:
- Provisional Accreditation
A temporary level usually lasting up to 1 year, whilst gaining experience thus enabling you to then apply for full accreditation.
- Full Accreditation - lasting 5 years.
Full Accreditation is approved by RNZCGP as a Continuous Quality Improvement Activity (audit) for MOPS allocation - equivalent to 10 points. RACP MyCPD participants can earn up to 3 credits per hour for participation in this activity.
- Re-Accreditation - lasting 5 years.
Re-Accreditation is approved by RNZCGP as a Continuous Quality Improvement Activity (audit) for MOPS allocation - equivalent to 10 points. RACP MyCPD participants can earn up to 3 credits per hour for participation in this activity.
Please contact the DSAC National Office if you would like to apply for DSAC accreditation.