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22 November 2021
Fact sheet,

The World Health Organisation has declared the coronavirus is a pandemic. The Department of Health has prepared fact sheets, including for aged care staff, residents and families to assist in control of the spread of COVID19. It is strongly recommended that you read these fact sheets and revisit them every day or two because they will be updated as new information becomes available.

5 November 2021
Brochure,
Guides,
Handbook,

We partnered with the Older Persons Advocacy Network (OPAN) to develop 'Medication: It’s your choice' to raise awareness of the issues relating to psychotropic medicines.

Elderly lady with face on hand, and text Medication. It's your choice brochure

8 October 2021
Video,

Listen to Hazel Hawke’s daughter Sue Pieters-Hawke talk in this short video about the effect that reducing her mother’s medication had on her quality of life.

Sue Pieters-Hawke talking

24 August 2021
Webinar,

On Thursday 6 August 2020, the Commission held a webinar for NSW/QLD-based providers of residential aged care services to share insights from the Commission’s work in monitoring and supporting services to prepare for and respond to an outbreak.

6 August webinar screengrab

24 August 2021
Webinar,

On Thursday 10 December 2020, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson hosted a webinar on the recently released new outbreak management planning in aged care guide for aged care providers.

Image of Outbreak Management Planning in Aged Care webinar thumbnail

24 August 2021
Webinar,

The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) launched on 1 April 2021. The Commission is helping the aged care sector to prepare for the introduction of the scheme with information and resources and is hosting a series of webinars about the scheme. This fourth webinar discussed the role of the Commission under the SIRS.

SIRS webinar #4 thumbnail image

24 August 2021
Webinar,

The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) launched on 1 April 2021. The Commission is helping the aged care sector to prepare for the introduction of the scheme with information and resources and is hosting a series of webinars about the scheme. This third webinar discussed reporting incidents to the Commission under the SIRS.

SIRS webinar #3 screen shot

24 August 2021
Webinar,

The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) launched on 1 April 2021. The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is helping the aged care sector to prepare for the introduction of the scheme with information and resources and is hosting a series of webinars about the scheme. This second webinar discussed the importance of an effective Incident Management System under the SIRS.

screenshot from the second Serious Incident Response Scheme webinar

24 August 2021
Webinar,

The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) launched on 1 April 2021. The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is helping the aged care sector to prepare for the introduction of the scheme with information and resources and is hosting a series of webinars about the scheme. This first webinar provides an introduction to SIRS and the importance of incident management systems.

Image of Aged care Commissioner Janet Anderson speaking at the The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) webinar #1 - 25 February 2021

23 August 2021
Fact sheet,

These scenarios cover a range of examples to help providers understand issues around the use of restrictive practices. They are intended to be illustrative only, and should not be relied upon as authority.

Cover of the Restrictive practices scenarios booklet

15 July 2021
Fact sheet,

To assist aged care providers, the Commission has identified some of the very useful information and resources produced by Commonwealth and State Departments of Health.

Elderly woman sneezing

12 July 2021
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources,
Brochure,
Guides,

To support the aged care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is developing a range of new storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues. 

The storyboards will be particularly helpful in supporting people whose English or literacy levels may be a barrier when it comes to accessing content relating to COVID-19 and are relevant to all providers and consumers, their families and representatives across the aged care sector. 

These storyboards deal with the concept of staying safe, and cover the following topics: 

COVID-19 Staying safe storyboard image

12 July 2021
Brochure,
Guides,

To support the aged care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission is developing a range of new storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues.

COVID-19 storyboards image

5 July 2021
Poster,

These posters have been developed to supplement the CDNA National Guidelines for the Prevention, Control and Public Health Management of COVID-19 Outbreaks in Residential Care Facilities in Australia.

The CDNA guidelines include a flow chart for managing COVID-19 in residential facilities. The posters take this flow chart and present it in a way that may be easier for facilities to see what they need to do for their particular circumstances.

COVID-19 flowchart posters

5 July 2021
Guides,

Practical guidance to support COVID-19 outbreak management planning and preparation in residential aged care facilities

Image of Outbreak management planning in aged care guidance thumbnail

1 July 2021
Poster,

States and Territories have established directions giving effect to the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee’s recommendation that visitors and staff (including visiting workers) should not be permitted to enter a residential aged care facility, if they have not been vaccinated against influenza (after 1st May 2020).  

Residential aged care facilities may wish to display the attached poster at entrances, to alert anyone entering the facility of these flu vaccination requirements. 

Flu vaccination poster

1 July 2021
Fact sheet,

The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) is a new initiative to help prevent and reduce the risk of incidents of abuse and neglect in residential aged care services subsidised by the Australian Government. The SIRS requires residential services to have an effective incident management system or IMS.

An IMS is key to a provider’s ability to effectively identify, respond to, and mitigate the impact of an incident, and enables providers to analyse and identify risks and trends to inform preventative measures.

This fact sheet describes how incidents should be recorded in your IMS to meet your obligations under SIRS and provide safe care to your residents.

Recording incidents in an incident management system fact sheet page one image

28 June 2021
Forms,
Guides,

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.

Cover image of self-assessment tool for psychotropic medication use

18 June 2021
Guides,

What are psychotropic medications? 

Psychotropic medications are ‘any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions and behaviour'

The three main classes of psychotropics prescribed are antidepressants, anxiolytic/hypnotics (mostly benzodiazepines to manage anxiety and insomnia) and antipsychotics. Other psychotropic classes include anticonvulsants and stimulants. 

Cover image of Psychotropic medications used in Australia information for aged care

10 June 2021
Video,

A 30-minute Aged Care Quality Standards educational video for service providers.

This resource is not available to order.

Cover Image of Aged Care Quality Standards Educational Video

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