The Department of Social Services has funded the Commission to use the NSQHS Standards and other potential mechanisms to provide the basis for nationally coordinated improvement in the care of patients with cognitive impairment in acute care.

A draft handbook – Handbook for improving safety and providing high quality care for people with cognitive impairment in acute care -  has been developed to guide services in improving care of people with cognitive impairment within the context of the NSQHS Standards.

The consultation draft handbook is now available.


Consultation draft handbook – Improving safety and providing high quality care for people with cognitive impairment (PDF 635KB)

Please note: the draft handbook has been designed to be read as a book. If possible, please print in colour as a two-sided copy and staple down the long edge. The PDF version does not give you the intended view.

Supporting document

Evidence for the safety and quality issues associated with the care of patients with cognitive impairment in acute care settings: a rapid review (PDF 1.10MB)

Consultation on the Draft Handbook

Consultation focused on how well the draft handbook:

  • Raises awareness of cognitive impairment as a safety and quality issue;
  • Provides a useful guide to actions, strategies and resources to improve safety and quality; and
  • Demonstrates how actions can be mapped to the NSQHS Standards.

Feedback was sought through an online consultation survey and a national round of consultation forums, which targeted both health care providers and health care consumers.

More information regarding the consultation process.

Further Information

If you have any questions or require further information about the draft handbook, please contact the Project Team -

cognitive.imapairment@safetyandquality.gov.au or (02) 9126 3648.