04 Oct 2023
Better sharing of information to keep aged care patients safe is behind the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) and the Aged Care and Quality and Safety Commission (ACQSC).
An outcome of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety, the partnership aims to strengthen the existing framework by formalising the sharing of relevant information between the parties.
Information indicating an aged care or health service consumer or the broader community may be at significant risk of harm as a result of a regulated person’s health, performance and/or conduct are among the types of information that will be shared.
With Ahpra registering and regulating a significant amount of registered health practitioners who work across the aged care facilities regulated by ACQSC, the MOU was a natural extension of their respective work.
'This is a great development in our work with the Commission to keep our aged care community safe. Registered health practitioners play a vital role in these settings, and we must ensure only those safe to deliver this work are doing it. This MOU will further support this,' Ahpra CEO, Martin Fletcher, said.