The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is consulting extensively on the draft Handbook - Handbook for improving safety and providing high quality care for people with cognitive impairment: A Consultation Paper.

The Commission is seeking comment from both health care consumers and health care professionals to determine 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 National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards.

Health care consumer feedback is important to the Commission to ensure that the strategies in the draft Handbook address the safety and quality issues that are experienced by people with cognitive impairment and their carers and families during a hospital stay.

This consultation survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

This consultation survey is anonymous. The consultation survey is an important part of the national consultation on the Commission's Improving the Management of Cognitive Impairment using the NSQHS Standards Project.

The draft Handbook and supporting documents are available at -

The consultation survey is open for completion until close of business, Tuesday, 10 December 2013.

Completion of the consultation survey is preferred, however, organisations may submit written submissions. Written submissions should be received by close of business, Friday, 6 December 2013.

Please forward written submissions to:


Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
GPO Box 5480
Sydney NSW 2001

The Commission will also be hosting consultation forums throughout Australia between Tuesday, 29 October 2013 and Wednesday, 11 December 2013. If you are interested in attending a consultation forum, please visit the Commission's website for further information -

If you have any questions about the consultation survey, please contact the Project Team - or (02) 9126 3648.

Thank you for completing the consultation survey.