Quality indicators (QI) measure aspects of service provision that contribute to the quality of care given by residential aged care services (RACS). Since 1 July 2019, participation in the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program (QI Program) has been a requirement for all Australian Government-subsidised RACS. Until 30 June 2021, the QI Program included 3 QIs (pressure injuries, physical restraint, and unplanned weight loss). Since 1 July 2021, the QI Program requires these services to report on 5 QIs:
- Pressure injuries
- Physical restraint
- Unplanned weight loss
- Falls and major injury
- Medication management
The Annual Report uses recompiled quality indicator data for the four quarters of 2021–22, including source data that were not complete when compilations were first made to meet quarterly reporting timetables (in published quarterly reports on GEN). It provides descriptive material about the quality indicators, insights into data completeness and data quality, and technical notes for interpretation of quality indicator data.
The latest Annual Report and supplementary tables can be viewed here
, or by navigating to the Quality in aged care
page under the 'Topics' menu on the GEN website.