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Serious Incident Reporting Scheme

Program Short Description

A training session is available to assist aged care providers to understand the legislative requirements and support consumers, families and staff involved in serious and critical incidents to maintain compliance with reporting obligations. This includes an understanding of the definitions of a reportable incident and when a report must be made.

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Program Info

The Australian Government launched the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) on Thursday 1 April 2021. SIRS aims to reduce injury and harm to residents and older people accessing ageing services. It will do this by expanding the range of incidents aged care providers, will need to report to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC).

 

The first round of reporting includes critical incidents (those incidents that did or could have caused physical or psychological injury requiring treatment; and involves urgent reportable incidents within 24 hours.

 

A training session is available to assist aged care providers to understand the legislative requirements and support consumers, families and staff involved in serious and critical incidents to maintain compliance with reporting obligations. This includes an understanding of the definitions of a reportable incident and when a report must be made.

 

The session will also explore how a reportable incident should be practically managed internally and externally including the management of reporting obligations to the police, Commission and Coroner’s Office.

 

The workshop proposes the following learning objectives:

  • Identify the legislative provisions applicable to the Serious Incident Response Scheme (Scheme).
  • Explain the compulsory reporting obligations of the Scheme including what constitutes a reportable incident and what is not a reportable incident.
  • Identify the steps that need to be taken by staff when reporting serious incidents.
  • Explain the role of the Commission and the service when incidents have been reported.
  • Identify the steps to be taken to support consumers, families and staff who are involved in a reportable incident.