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Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) resources

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC) has published a range of resources in relation to the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) and the new requirement for a behaviour support plan for each person who requires, or may require, the use of restrictive practices as part of their care, or who needs behaviour support.

A range of fact sheets aimed at aged care providers, on a variety of topics related to the need for behaviour support plans, are now available: Overview of Restrictive Practices; Consent for Medication in Aged Care; Frequently Asked Questions About Consent; and Restrictive Practices Scenarios.

ACQSC has published an updated version of the Serious Incident Response Scheme: Guidelines For Residential Aged Care Providers  document, originally published in March 2021. The guidance sets out provider responsibilities in relation to the SIRS and the latest version includes revisions to reflect the commencement of Priority 2 reportable incidents reporting on 1 October 2021.

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ACQSC has also launched an online resource called the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) Decision Support Tool to help residential aged care providers determine Priority 1 or Priority 2 reportable incidents. The tool asks providers a series of questions about an incident and then directs them as to whether or not they must report the incident, and whether it would be regarded as Priority 1 or 2, based on the information provided (influencing the timeframe for reporting). Providers need to consider incidents that have occurred, are alleged to have occurred, or suspected to have occurred.

ACQSC has also published some resources aimed at people who are living in residential aged care or supporting a person who is doing so. An A3 poster and a two-page fact sheet on restrictive practices, both titled What Are Restrictive Practices?, explain what constitutes restrictive practices, what providers must do before they can use a restrictive practice, and what to do if you are concerned about the use of a restrictive practice. Similarly, posters and fact sheets for consumers are now available on SIRS: How To Make A Complaint? and What Happens After You Make A Complaint?

Access all the ACQSC resources at www.agedcarequality.gov.au/resource-library

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