Friday, January 21, 2022

Serious Incident Scheme for in-home care announced

Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, has today announced the implementation of a Serious Incident Scheme (SIRS) for in-home care, as part of a $632 million plan to heal Australia’s aged care sector.

“Expanding the Serious Incident Scheme (SIRS) to in-home aged care from 1 July 2022 will place new obligations on in-home care providers to respond to, and report on, a range of serious incidents,” Minister Hunt said.

“The Morrison Government is investing $44.1 million to resource the ACQSC for new functions to oversight the obligations.

“These include implementing risk-based responses to serious incidents, enforcement action where required, and supporting sector-wide education and improvement.”

Funding will also extend to three specialist elder abuse support services to maximise protections for vulnerable senior Australians, the Minister said.

“This responds to Recommendation 100 of the Royal Commission,” Mr Hunt said.

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