Serious Incident Response Scheme Training Session

The Australian Government launched the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) on Thursday 1 April 2021. SIRS aims to reduce injury and harm to residents and older people accessing ageing services. It will do this by expanding the range of incidents aged care providers, will need to report to the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC).

22 Apr 2021

The first round of reporting includes critical incidents (those incidents that did or could have caused physical or psychological injury requiring treatment) and involves urgent reportable incidents within 24 hours.

A training session is available to assist residential aged care providers to understand the legislative requirements and support consumers, families and staff involved in serious and critical incidents to maintain compliance with reporting obligations. This includes an understanding of the definitions of a reportable incident and when a report must be made.

The session will also explore how a reportable incident should be practically managed internally and externally including the management of reporting obligations to the police, Commission and Coroner’s Office.

Delivered by Lawyer, Fleur Dewhurst, who has for over 18 years, provided sound advice to health care providers in both the aged care sector and the acute care sector, including medio-legal and risk management education to members across Australia. Fleur is a regular presenter with the College of Surgeons and ANZCA. Fleur has worked as a consultant specialising in health law and for 11 years has been the in-house Medio-Legal Advisor at the Royal Hobart Hospital and Manager of Legal Services. She holds a Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Laws and is currently admitted to the Supreme Court of Tasmania and High Court of Australia.

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the legislative provisions applicable to the Serious Incident Response Scheme (Scheme).

  • Explain the compulsory reporting obligations of the Scheme including what constitutes a reportable incident and what is not a reportable incident.

  • Identify the steps that need to be taken by staff when reporting serious incidents.

  • Explain the role of the Commission and the service when incidents have been reported.

  • Identify the steps to be taken to support consumers, families and staff who are involved in a reportable incident.

A three hour online session, including an hour of practical application is available on 27 May from 1.00pm – 4.00pm.