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1 July 2021
Video,

In this short video, we discuss reporting incidents under the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) which commenced on 1 April 2021.

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1 July 2021
Video,

In this short video, we provide an overview of the benefits of effective incident management in residential aged care settings under the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS), which commenced on 1 April 2021.

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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. 

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10 June 2021
Video,

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

This resource is not available to order.

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9 April 2021
Guides,

Download the guidance material for the Aged Care Quality Standards that come into place on 1 July 2019. It includes an introduction, guidance each of the 8 Quality Standards and a glossary.

This resource is not available to order.

Cover image Standards Guidance and Resources

23 March 2021
Guides,

This booklet aims to give guidance on how to:

  • create an effective, resolution focused complaints system in aged care services and how to enhance existing processes
  • maintain compliance with Standard 6
  • encourage a positive, blame-free culture around complaints handling in aged care services by fostering an understanding of the complaints process and how it affects the people involved, and setting out the essential elements for the effective management of complaints within a service including skills, procedures and policies.
Better practice guide to complaints handling in aged care services front cover

1 October 2020
Video,

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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11 March 2020
Fact sheet,
Guides,

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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15 November 2019
Guides,

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

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18 July 2019
Brochure,
Fact sheet,

This resource pack was sent to approved providers on 2nd January 2019. It contains helpful information on the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission and the services we offer.

Cover Image_ACQSA Provider Pack

11 July 2019
Brochure,
Guides,

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.

cover image of open disclosure framework and guidance PDF

4 July 2019
Brochure,

A downloadable chatterbox template to support aged care service providers and their consumers engage with the new Aged Care Quality Standards.

This resource is not available to order.

Downloadable Chatterbox template for the Aged Care Quality Standards

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