A new educational video for service providers has been produced providing information about open disclosure for aged care providers. The resource is a collaboration between the Commission and online training services provider, Altura Learning.
RB 2019-06 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the principles and practices that form the Commission’s framework for making decisions relating to its regulatory functions. It outlines how the Commission will ensure high quality and consistent decision-making under the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 and Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018.
The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has worked with a range of stakeholders to develop resources that help aged care providers understand the key concepts of clinical governance and how they can be applied in their service.
RB 2019-05 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the assessment methodology used by quality assessors when undertaking performance assessments under the Aged Care Quality Standards. It describes the Commission’s systematic approach to assessment of provider performance as a key element of its regulatory practice.
Open disclosure is the open discussion that an aged care provider has with people receiving aged care services when something goes wrong that has harmed or had the potential to cause harm to a person receiving aged care service. With more than 1.3 million people receiving care in Australia, this is a crucial activity for providers to support continuous improvement within their service.
This self-assessment tool aims to help aged care service providers record how their use of chemical restraints is managed. It relates to consumers who are prescribed psychotropic medication(s) (particularly anti-psychotics and benzodiazepines), including for PRN (as needed) use.
Transitional provisions allow the Commissioner to continue with regulatory activities that had started prior to commencement of the rules. This includes applications for re-accreditation, quality reviews and monitoring processes.
Review audit processes were changed from 1 January 2019 to align more closely to site audit arrangements and requirements. This assists approved providers by having consistency of regulatory process for residential services. From 1 July 2019 review audits are conducted to assess a provider’s performance against the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards).
As part of the application for accreditation and re-accreditation, applicants must include ‘any other information or documents specified by the Commissioner’. This replaces the previous requirement for submission of self-assessment information. The new requirement covers self-assessment material as well as any other information or documents specified by the Commissioner.
The changes surrounding consent to access apply to every form of a visit to the premises of a service, whether for the purposes of re-accreditation, a quality review, a review audit or an assessment contact.
A new meaning of Commonwealth-funded aged care service was included in the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (Commission Act) to more appropriately capture specific programs that are grant-based. This commenced on 1 January 2019.