Our History and Experience
The Community Health Association Queensland Inc (CHAQ) was incorporated on 6 July 1990. On 31 March 1998, the name of the organisation was changed to the Institute for Healthy Communities Australia Inc (IHCA). On 20 September 2001, IHCA transferred its incorporation to become a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. A subsidiary of IHCA, IHCA Certification Pty Ltd was established in November 2002 as a non-profit company with the initial objective of providing a cost-effective solution for disability employment services to achieve certification against the Commonwealth government’s Disability Service Standards. On 2 February 2004, IHCA Certification was awarded JAS-ANZ accreditation to certify Quality Management Systems and Disability Employment Services. Approval to accredit hospitals followed shortly after.
Since those early days, IHCA Certification has maintained its JAS-ANZ accreditation and continues to work with health and community service organisations of all size throughout Australia, including government and non-government organisations located in rural, remote and metropolitan settings. Our services are underpinned by a foundation of strong ethics, best practice, professionalism and impartiality which we are proud to offer to each and every client.
IHCA Certification is proud to be the only organisation approved to certify organisations against the Standard for Therapeutic Communities and Residential Rehabilitation Services and the Standard on Culturally Secure Practice – recently updated to become the Alcohol and other Drug and Human Services Standard.
While we have continued to extend the scope of the certification and accreditation services we offer, the common theme reflects our core purpose – supporting Australian health, community and human services organisations to continuously improve their quality systems and strengthen business performance.