Since July 1, 2019, all Commonwealth subsidised residential aged care services are required to submit data in accordance with the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program (ACQIP).
The first iteration of the ACQIP requires providers to submit data for each resident for three indicators:
- Pressure injuries;
- Use of physical restraint; and
- Unplanned weight loss.
From July 1, 2021 the indicator program will also require providers to submit data for an additional two indicators:
- Medication management; and
- Falls and fractures.
Robust records of the above indicators helps providers to measure and monitor their quality outcomes, and gives residential aged care services the data they need to inform quality improvements to their service.
The ACQIP also helps providers compare their quality, safety and consumer outcomes with other residential aged care providers from all over the country. Evidence from quality indicator programs in Australia and abroad have shown that significant quality improvements are achieved following the implementation of quality indicator programs.
The final objective of the ACQIP is to give aged care consumers access to transparent, comparable information about quality to assist them in making informed decisions about their care.
For more information about the ACQIP, visit the Department of Health’s website.
How SPP can help you to comply with your data submission requirements
We recently created a workbook that will aggregate all the relevant data you are required to submit under the Aged Care Quality Indicator Program.
The workbook is available to all SPP subscribers upon request.
Below is a short video showing the workbook’s functions.