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Fact sheets

A fact sheet outlining the new Aged Care Quality Standards.

This resource is not available to order.

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Fact sheets

This factsheet provides guidance to providers of aged care on the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS), a new Government initiative to help reduce the risk of abuse and neglect for people living or staying in a residential aged care home. Australians have a right to live free from abuse or neglect. The SIRS will strengthen aged care systems to reduce the risk of abuse and neglect. It will also help to build providers’ capability to respond to serious incidents promptly and decisively, and to ensure that aged care consumers have the support they need.

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Fact sheets

This factsheet provides guidance to aged care consumers, on their right to safe and quality care and to live without abuse or neglect. The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) is a new Government initiative to help reduce the risk of abuse and neglect for people living or staying in a residential aged care home. The scheme requires aged care providers to identify, record, manage, resolve, and report all serious incidents that occur or are alleged or suspected to have occurred, in a residential aged care service.

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Fact sheets

This factsheet provides updated information for providers of aged care on effective infection prevention and control capability. This is critical to the safe, effective delivery of personal and clinical care in aged care. This is particularly the case during the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic.

This factsheet includes information on:
- What is the infection prevention and control (IPC) lead?
- What are the requirements of the IPC lead?
- Where can I find out more about the requirements and timing of implementation of the IPC lead(s)?
- Which approved providers need to appoint an IPC lead?

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

On Thursday 10 December 2020, 5:00 pm-6:00 pm AEDT 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.

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Guides & Handbooks

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

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

This short video explains how to assist residential aged care providers to support their workers, care recipients, families and visitors to prevent, prepare for and manage outbreaks of COVID-19. 
 

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Brochures & Posters

To support the aged care sector, the Commission has developed a range of storyboards that are designed to illustrate key behaviours and priority issues. The Storyboards and User Guides for this series are combined into one resource. The storyboards are particularly helpful in supporting people whose English or literacy levels may be a barrier when it comes to accessing content and are relevant to all providers and consumers, their families and representatives across the aged care sector. 

‘Minimising Restraint – Residential Aged Care Facilities’ storyboard

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Fact sheets

This factsheet provides a brief overview of the process for preparing to return several residents to their residential aged care facility (RACF) from hospital.

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

The Older Persons Advocacy Network has produced a video - Medication: It’s your choice, to give consumers an overview of the potential side effects of some medications and their right to make informed decisions about what medications they take.

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Forms

In the event of an outbreak of COVID-19 at a residential service, the service’s Outbreak Management Team and key personnel at the service will be working in close co-operation with public health authorities and other parties to ensure an effective emergency response.  A key personnel template has been developed to assist providers in identifying key personnel of the service and their contact details to support this response. 

Key personnel template

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Fact sheets

You, your friends and family have a right to know how your residential aged care service is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have developed some common questions that you can ask your service provider during this time.

Common questions for residential aged care services fact sheet

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Fact sheets

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission’s role is to protect and enhance the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of consumers receiving Australian Government funded aged care. Functions of Quality Assessors and Authorised Complaints Officers are set out by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Act 2018 (the Quality and Safety Commission Act) and the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018 (the Rules).

Our commitment site visit info sheet

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Regulatory Bulletins

RB 2019-08 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the requirements that must be met before and during the use of restraint. It outlines how the Commission will assess the use of restraint in the context of the Aged Care Quality Standards and the Quality of Care Principles 2014.

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Fact sheets

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

Providers should be mindful of their obligations under the Quality of Care Principles 2014, and pay careful attention to the legislative requirements underpinning the use of restraint when applying those obligations to real-life situations. Further information on provider obligations can be found in this document.

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Guides & Handbooks

This booklet provides an evidence-based approach to complaint handling in a plain English, easy-to-understand format. It highlights the role of communication in effective complaint handling and the benefits of resolving complaints within a service.

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Brochures & Posters

Download the English Aged Care Quality Standards Consumer Outcomes A2 Poster. This resource is not available to order.

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

A short video for aged care consumers, their families and representatives explaining the new Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards) that began on 1 July 2019. Watch the video to see what the new Quality Standards mean in practice for you.

Note: This resource is not available for hard copy order.

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

A 30-minute Aged Care Quality Standards educational video for service providers produced in collaboration with Altura Learning.

This resource is not available to order.

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Regulatory Bulletins

This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the Commission’s policy regarding provider requests to exclude specific dates for an unannounced activity and includes criteria to guide providers when determining those dates.

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