Topic: Excellence in Governance and Risk Management Systems Sharpen Organisational Insight

Day: Wednesday 21 October 2020

Time:  3:30pm-4:00pm AEDT


Good clinical governance is about more than ‘just’ ticking boxes. Everything you do must positively impact the care of your residents.Good clinical governance is about more than ‘just’ ticking boxes. Everything you do must positively impact the care of your residents.In the last 12 months, the aged care industry has experienced significant momentum with respect to the governance of psychotropic medication use in aged care homes. Despite a range of tools and guidelines being available, there reigns widespread confusion on how to correctly complete psychotropic registers. There is no international consensus on what medications should be included in a chemical restraint registry and the voluminous list in the current registry adds to this confusion. In addition, governance of these high-risk medications has increased the workload burden on aged care providers in an already demanding climate.The goal of the psychotropic register is to reduce unnecessary exposure to psychotropic medications as these medications are known to cause poor health and quality of life outcomes in the older population. Counting is not enough. Good governance should also ensure that all residents exposed to these medications, where clinically appropriate, are reviewed regularly to ensure they are getting the benefits of each medication and not experiencing harm.In this presentation, we will discuss the current challenges faced by aged care providers in managing the psychotropic audit and reporting requirements of the Aged Care Safety and Quality Commission and provide evidenced-based and time saving solutions to:• Completing audit formsIdentifying appropriate vs potentially inappropriate psychotropic use• Documenting shared decision making and consents• Documenting interventions, monitoring and goals• Reporting outcomes• Ensuring at-risk residents are reviewed at clinically appropriate times• Minimising medication-related harm through documentation of the efficacy and safety of psychotropic medications for individual residents.





Pete Williams is the current CEO for OneCare Limited and has over 25 years of health care experience across Acute Care, Home Care and the Aged Care sector in a variety of senior management and executive roles in QLD, VIC, NSW and TAS. Pete has spent many years in the areas of clinical governance, quality and risk management developing and supporting organisations to redesign and implement robust governance systems that support contemporary and compliant care delivery.
Pete understands the value of human capital and finding the right people for the right positions. His authentic approach to management is built on the foundations of servant leadership where authoritarian elitism has been replaced with a humanist, enabling and supportive style that resonants with the new world order in aged care.