Reporting Abuse and Serious Incidents in Aged Care Training Online
Reporting Abuse and Serious Incidents in Aged Care is OHS’s elder abuse and neglect training course. This online course has been developed to provide caregivers with the tools to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect, and how to take action when abuse or neglect is identified. The course looks at the risk factors for older people, including those living independently whether in home care or in an assisted living facility.
Residential aged care providers are required to identify, record, manage, resolve and report incidents - including serious reportable incidents.
From 1 April 2021, residential aged care providers must report all ‘Priority 1’ incidents within 24 hours. ‘Priority 1’ incidents include those that cause or could reasonably have caused physical or psychological injury or illness requiring some form of medical or psychological treatment. Instances of unexplained absence from care and any unexpected death of a consumer are always to be regarded as ‘Priority 1’ reportable incidents. From 1 October 2021, all ‘Priority 2’ incidents – reportable incidents that do not meet the criteria for ‘Priority 1’ – must also be reported within 30 days. (ref: What is the SIRS? Serious Incident Response Scheme A fact sheet for aged care consumers, 19 March 2021)
The Serious Incident Reporting Scheme (SIRS) strengthens the reporting requirements for providers of residential aged care services, as well as flexible care delivered in residential aged care. It supports the Charter of Aged Care Rights and Aged Care Quality Standards.
This course is suitable for caregivers and other healthcare professionals who provide care to older people in Australia. This course functions as a part of a healthcare organisation’s duty of care and elder abuse training.
This online course provides caregivers and other healthcare professionals with the following training.
This course provides an understanding of:
- background to and the definitions and prevalence of the abuse of older people in Australia
- types of abuse most commonly experienced by older people
- requirements for the reporting of abuse of an older person in your care
- roles and responsibilities of staff around the abuse of a person in their care
- barriers to staff reporting suspected and actual abuse, and
- actions to take if there is imminent threat to an older person.