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Serious Incident Response Scheme (in Residential Aged Care)


The Serious Incident Response Scheme module has been developed for all workers in residential aged care, including personal care workers, nurses and managers. It provides a clear overview of the requirements of the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS), (to be) introduced in April 2021, and further rolled out into 2022. While nurses and managers should also be familiar with the literature provided by the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, the course provides a detailed introduction to the definitions of serious and critical incidents,  how a serious or critical incident should be reported internally and externally to police and the Commission, and what happens after a report is made. 

 Learning Objectives:

  • Summarise the contents of the Serious Incident Response Scheme model
  • Identify the differences between the SIRS and previous mandatory reporting legislation
  • Outline the context in which the Serious Incident Response Scheme has been introduced, and why the legal requirements for reporting to the Commission have expanded
  • Define the terms serious and critical incidents, including the range of incidents that they include
  • Identify the roles of various workers in reporting serious incidents
  • Explain the role of the Commission and the service when incidents have been reported
  • Explain the role of workers when their actions or alleged actions have been included as part of a report to the commission

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