I am writing to inform you of a new initiative that had been put in place in all Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) throughout Australia by the Aged Care Quality Safety Commission (ACQSC).

The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) commences on 1st April 2021 to help prevent and reduce incidents of abuse and neglect in RACFs. SIRS introduces explicit obligations for providers to report a broader range of serious incidents to the ACQSC.

Please refer to this Fact Sheet for your information. If you have any questions about the new scheme, please contact the Director of Consumer Care and Services at your facility.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a happy and safe Easter.

Kind regards,

Bruce Thornthwaite
Chief Clinical Officer

View the Fact Sheet here