New Safety and Quality Rating for Aged Care in Australia

February 4, 2021 RLDatix Marketing
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In <\/span>January 2019, <\/span>Australia <\/span>began<\/span> a Royal Commission in<\/span>to <\/span>the<\/span> Quality and Safety in <\/span>Aged Care.<\/span> One of the <\/span>initial <\/span>key finding<\/span>s<\/span> from the Royal Commission<\/span> describes a <\/span>distinct lack of transparency <\/span>for families and residents <\/span>around<\/span> the quality of safety in <\/span>government funded <\/span>Aged Care facilities<\/span>. <\/span>Beginning on<\/span> July 1<\/span>, <\/span>2020, the <\/span>My Aged Care website<\/span><\/span><\/a> will be publishing <\/span>a “compliance rating” for <\/span>every <\/span>Aged Care facility<\/span> across the nation<\/span>. <\/span> <\/p>\n<\/div>\n\n

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The <\/span>rating system<\/span> was<\/span> developed by The Department of Health <\/span>and the Aged <\/span>C<\/span>are Quality and Safety Commission. Input was also provided by other stakeholders, including residents, providers and peak bodies. <\/span>Whilst other countries, such as the US, have opted for a star rating system, Australia has adopted a colour<\/span>-coded scale that is yet to be released. <\/span>It will not include consumer feedback at this stage and will only detail the outcome of audits and assessments. <\/span> <\/p>\n<\/div>\n\n

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The My Aged Care website will i<\/span>nclude <\/span>a “Find a Provider” section where visitors can <\/span>access <\/span>Aged Care facility r<\/span>atings<\/span> and <\/span>providers<\/span>’<\/span> current<\/span> compliance position based on <\/span>their latest assessment by the Commission against the Aged Care Quality Standard<\/span>s<\/span>. <\/span>RLDatix<\/span> software<\/span> can effectively <\/span>manage<\/span> quality information<\/span> and report <\/span>based on the<\/span> core <\/span>A<\/span>ged <\/span>C<\/span>are <\/span>S<\/span>tandards<\/span>, allowing <\/span>providers<\/span> to better prepare for their audits and assessments. <\/span>Recommendations and findings<\/span> are recorded <\/span>directly in the system <\/span>with key dates, actions<\/span>, classifications and <\/span>accountable personnel. <\/span> <\/p>\n<\/div>\n\n

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Whilst the Royal Commission <\/span>remains in progress<\/span> and the<\/span> release of its <\/span>final findings have been extended due to C<\/span>OVID-<\/span>19<\/span>, t<\/span>h<\/span>e new rating system is a<\/span> welcome change<\/span> and will serve as an<\/span> important tool to help the public easily compa<\/span>re<\/span> Aged Care facilities.<\/span> As patient safety continues to evolve, <\/span>Aged Care in Australia is too. T<\/span>his new initiative <\/span>is <\/span>a <\/span>promising step forward in <\/span>provi<\/span>d<\/span>ing<\/span> more transpare<\/span>ncy<\/span> around<\/span> patient safety and quality<\/span> in Aged Care facilities across the <\/span>nation<\/span>. <\/span> <\/p>\n<\/div>\n\n