Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) commences 1 April 2021
What is a reportable Incident?
- Unreasonable use of Force
- Unlawful sexual contact or inappropriate sexual conduct
- Psychological or emotional abuse
- Unexpected death
- Stealing or financial coercion by a staff member
- Inappropriate physical or chemical restraint
- Unexplained absence from care
These must be reported even if alleged or suspected.
From 1st April 2021 – All ‘priority 1’ incidents must be reported within 24 hours of the incident.
From 1st October 2021 – Residential Aged Care providers will also be required to report all “priority 2” incidents to the Commission within 30 days of becoming aware of the incident.
What is the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS)?
The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) is the new Government initiative to help reduce the risk of abuse and neglect for people living or staying in a residential aged care home. Aged care providers have obligations to manage and report serious incidents in residential aged care.
When will the SIRS commence?
1st April 2021. Providers of aged care must have in place an effective management system. All “priority 1” incidents are required to be reported to the Commission.
Components of the SIRS
There are 2 main components of the SIRS.
- Incident Management Obligations
- Compulsory Reporting Obligations
Incident Management Obligations
The SIRS requires every residential aged care service to have in place an effective incident management system. This is vital in minimising the risk of and respond to, incidents that occur in a residential care setting.
Compulsory Reporting Obligations
All approved providers will be required to report serious incidents involving aged care consumers to the Commission, and the Police where the incident is of criminal nature.
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