Welcome to the second edition of the year, one that features a new editor and a single RACC theme that despite its existence, is one that is seldom talked about. Our guest editor is Briony Jain (nee Murphy) who recently completed her PhD on suicide in residential aged care services. In this edition, we draw on two coronial cases – one from Australia and another from Canada, that highlight this complex and troubling theme.
The Health Law and Ageing Research Unit, Monash University have developed this tool to assist RACS in the implementation of the recommendations arising from adverse events resulting in death or serious injury. The register covers the topics from our recent review with the 104 recommendations for Choking, Medications, Physical Restraint, Respite, Resident-on-Resident Aggression, Suicide and Unexplained Absences.
Welcome to 2018 which looks like it will be busier than last year for the whole aged care sector. This first issue of the year focuses on falls and is the third time in 10-years that we have addressed this perennial concern. The risk of falls confronts every older person, in every aged care facility, in every country. Despite some gains in prevention, and better post-fall management, the harm from falls remains a major cause of injury and injury-related deaths in older persons and residents.