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Six steps for safe prescribing antipsychotics and benzodiazepines in residential aged care.

If you’re thinking of prescribing these medicines to manage the behaviours and psychological symptoms of dementia, follow these 6 steps.

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Guides & Handbooks

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. 

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Report

The purpose of this report is to describe the key themes and findings from online surveys of aged care consumers and aged care providers, regarding best practice models for engagement between consumers and providers.

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Guides & Handbooks

As part of its responsibilities for protecting and enhancing the safety, health, well-being and quality of life of aged care consumers, the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has identified and developed a range of best practice strategies and tools for providers of aged care to engage with consumers and their representatives.

To inform this piece of work, we have undertaken a literature review of co-design and consumer engagement.

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Guides & Handbooks

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has identified and developed a range of best practice strategies and tools for providers of aged care to engage with consumers and their representatives.

This resource recognises that placing consumers at the centre of their care is fundamental to quality care outcomes. This means significantly deepening engagement and developing a mutual partnership with consumers in all aspects of the planning, delivery and evaluation of care and services.

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Brochures & Posters

The rights of Consumers are protected by a Charter of Aged Care Rights. Download this helpful booklet for aged care service providers and their consumers.

This resource is not available to order on the Commission's website. Hard copies of the English version of the booklet are available at no cost from National Mailing and Marketing.

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Regulatory Bulletins

RB 2020-10 This Regulatory Bulletin covers the registration requirements and process for quality assessors, including information on why registration may be cancelled by the Commission.

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

Under the Aged Care Quality Standards, the organisation’s governing body is accountable for the delivery of safe and quality care and services. This includes consideration of leadership, organisational culture, consumer engagement, organisation wide governance, risk management and clinical governance.

This webinar will help you to understand your regulatory and legislative obligations.

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Brochures & Posters
Guides & Handbooks
Presentations

Aged Care Quality Standards Storyboards - downloadable storyboard resources to assist consumers and staff to understand the Quality Standards.

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Fact sheets

Key documents and information to be available at commencement of performance assessment

Every performance assessment at a service’s premises begins with an entry meeting between the person in charge at the service and the Assessment Team. The Assessment Team will request certain key documents during the entry meeting at site audits, review audits and assessment contacts where performance against the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards) is being assessed.

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Guides & Handbooks

An activity to raise awareness of the importance of identity culture and diversity

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

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.

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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 document provides an indication of the Standards that apply to Commonwealth Home Support Programme services delivering particular types of care and services.

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Media (Videos, CDs etc)

A short video for aged care consumers, their families and representatives, explaining what the Aged Care Quality Standards mean in practice.

The video has been translated in 25 languages including Arabic, Armenian, Cantonese, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Please note: these videos are not available for download or hard copy order.

Screenshot of Arabic 'What do the Quality Standards mean for you' (consumer video)

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Brochures & Posters

Our Aged Care Quality Standards Consumer Outcomes A3 Poster has been translated to 25 languages, including Arabic, Armenian, Croatian, Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), Dutch, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Please note: This poster is not available for order.

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Regulatory Bulletins

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.

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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.

Better Practice Guide to Complaint Handling in Aged Care Services front cover

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Brochures & Posters
Guides & Handbooks

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.

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