Beyond Standard 8: Clinical governance and the Aged Care Quality Standards
The Aged Care Quality Standards (Standards) set regulatory requirements for provision of care and services in aged care. All approved providers of residential care, home care, and flexible care in the form of short-term restorative care must comply with the Standards, which are embedded in Schedule 2 of the Quality of Care Principles 2014 (made under the Aged Care Act 1997).
Regulatory compliance is one aspect of clinical governance. However, regulation sets a minimum standard; good clinical governance extends beyond this. Beyond compliance, clinical governance supports a common law duty of care to take reasonable care to prevent foreseeable harm. Robust clinical governance, therefore, requires more than compliance with regulation, even if that regulation supports clinical governance. It requires a practical understanding of what is reasonably necessary for the safe delivery of care and the prevention of harm.
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