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The Industry Code for Visiting Residential Aged Care Homes during COVID-19 (the Code) sets out the aged care industry’s expectations of conduct for aged care providers on how to support residents being able to have visitors while also keeping them safe and protected during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industry code fact sheet

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Fact sheets
Guides & Handbooks

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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Fact sheets

This fact sheet provides information on a Direction, which can be issued by the Commission to a provider.

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Fact sheets

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

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The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission handles a range of complaints every day. Some of these complaint issues can be handled solely by us, while others may need to be referred to another organisation. We work closely with a number of organisations to ensure that your concerns are handled correctly, by the people best placed to deal with them. 

There are five organisations we refer complaint information to when required: 

Referrals to other organisations fact sheet

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Forms

Under section 9-1 of the Aged Care Act 1997 approved providers are required to notify the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner of any change of circumstance that materially affects their suitability to be a provider of aged care. 

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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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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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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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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources
Fact sheets

The ‘A little yarn goes a long way’ fact sheet has been developed to inform older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and their friends and family, about the support available to help them resolve concerns about aged care services, and why it’s important to raise these concerns.

This resource is available in 7 different languages including: Alyawarra, Arrernte, English, Luritja, Pitjantjatjarra, Torres Strait Creole and Warlpiri. 

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Fact sheets

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.

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Fact sheets

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.

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Forms
Guides & Handbooks

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.

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Language Resources

Download the Charter of Aged Care Rights Template for Signing for aged care service providers and their consumers on 1 July 2019. Available in PDF and DOC.

This resource is available in 18 translated languages including: Arabic, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Croatian, Dutch, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Maltese, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

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Fact sheets

A fact sheet outlining the key changes impacting providers under the new Commission Rules, relating to the Aged Care Quality Standards (Quality Standards).

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Forms

Download the Charter of Aged Care Rights template for signing for aged care providers and their consumers from 1 July 2019. Available in PDF and DOC.

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Fact sheets

This fact sheet outlines how the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission supports providers to resolve complaints.

Provider resolution involves us referring complaint issues that a complainant raises with us to a provider to resolve. Where possible, we choose this approach as it is often the best way to have concerns effectively resolved.

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For more information see our Re-consideration and review of decisions page

 

 

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For more information see our Re-accreditation of residential aged care services web page.

 

 

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Guides & Handbooks

Includes Aged Care Quality Standards Self-Assessment Tool Template (available in word document and excel spreadsheet), as well as Guidance on Self-Assessment.

This resource is not available to order.

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