The Commission is running the Caring for Cognitive Impairment campaign aimed at providing better outcomes and experiences for patients with cognitive impairment in hospitals, and for their loved ones and staff who care for them. By improving our knowledge and care practices, we can reduce the risk of harm in hospital.
In recognition of cognitive impairment, the Commission has included specific items in the second edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards. The Commission has also developed the Delirium Clinical Care Standard. The campaign will help hospitals prepare for the new cognitive impairment items in the NSQHS Standards (2nd ed.).
People living with cognitive impairment can join the campaign, as can everyone who is involved, directly or indirectly, in caring for them. This includes family members and other support people, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, health service managers, and care and support staff.
The campaign also encourages hospitals, primary care and residential care services and others to appoint a lead cognitive champion to find out more about the current experience of patients with cognitive impairment in their care and mobilise action.
There is a wealth of information regarding cognitive care on the campaign website including campaign resources, videos, initiatives undertaken by your local hospitals and stories of people with cognitive impairment and those helping to care for them.
You can join the campaign, share your story and learn more by visiting the campaign website.