Quality indicators measure aspects of service provision that contribute to the quality of care given by residential aged care services. Since 1 July 2019, the National Aged Care Mandatory Quality Indicator Program requires residential aged care services in Australia to collect and report on 3 quality indicators:
- Pressure injuries
- Use of physical restraint
- Unplanned weight loss.
A new data release by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) contains information on these indicators submitted by 2,608 residential aged care services in the quarter 1 October to 31 December 2020, 96% of those who received Australian Government subsidies for delivering care, services and accommodation. This was a one percentage point increase over the proportion of services that had reported in the previous quarter.