About the Residential Aged Care Communiqué
The Residential Aged Care (RAC) Communiqué is an electronic publication containing narrative case reports about lessons learned from Coroners’ investigations into preventable deaths in Residential Aged Care settings. In October 2006, the State Minister for Ageing (Victoria) launched the inaugural edition.
Each edition of the RAC Communiqué focuses on a single theme relevant to the clinicians and care staff in aged care (e.g. physical restraint, falls), and provides up to three investigated and closed case summaries. Commentaries from recognised experts deliver relevant information about optimal clinical practice, and electronic references to key national and international resources are included.
The RAC Communiqué is a resource for educating, engaging and motivating staff to make patient and resident care safer. It addresses the entire socio-technical system of health care from policy to the bedside.
The RAC Communiqué is published free, distributed electronically every quarter, and uses cases from local, interstate, and international jurisdictions to explore the challenges that clinicians, carers, and managers face every day in providing care to aged care residents.