What is the Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS)?

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All aged care consumers have the right to receive safe and high-quality care. The Serious Incident Response Scheme (SIRS) is a federal government initiative that commenced in April 2021, aiming to reduce the risk and occurrence of abuse and neglect being perpetrated towards older Australians.

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The SIRS was established based on recommendations from the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC). The ALRC proposed that reportable incidents should be expanded to include situations that are not specified in the Aged Care Act 1997 and that greater emphasis should be placed on investigating and responding to incidents rather than simply reporting their occurrence.


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Sarita Karki
04 Jun 2021
good resource
16 Feb 2021
Thank you very much for the education
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Heather Blackhall
07 Apr 2021
This was a detailed and informative resource to help me better understand the new SIRS regulations and requirements. I now have an understanding of how and why the government has implemented these processes.
Sarah Chen
21 Jul 2023
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This training is really very efficient and informative.
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23 Jul 2023
Good information.
Manpreet kaur
14 Mar 2021
This resource is very important for me as I am working in aged care. I have better understanding of SIRS and the reportable reporting in aged care.
22 Mar 2021
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