Improving Emergency Outcomes At Aged Care Facilities


07 Nov 2019

South Island Alliance’s Elizabeth Lear of the Aged Care Monitoring Service, Barry Simpson, Emergency Planning Coordinator, and Team Leader Matthew Wood.

A new online emergency training course for staff at aged residential care facilities aims to improve outcomes for residents during emergencies.

The course, Coordinated Incident Management System (CIMS) for Aged Residential Care (ARC) facilities, was developed by the South Island Alliance after a need for emergency training within aged residential care was identified following regional trial evacuations.

To increase awareness of incident management in ARC facilities, the South Island Alliance’s Emergency Planning Coordinator Barry Simpson and Elizabeth Lear of the Aged Care Monitoring Service provided a number of scenario-based training workshops for service providers around the South Island.

“During the trial evacuations, we noticed an obvious gap in emergency training for ARC facilities – especially since there is often a constant high turnover of staff in this area,” says Barry. “So, we decided an e-learning tool would be a far more efficient and cost-effective way of reaching larger audiences and to meet the needs of the vast number of rural and geographically spread providers.”

The module is based on teaching key aspects of emergency planning using CIMS, as well as business continuity planning. CIMS is used by all government agencies and also many non-government organisations. The course, designed with a focus on staff who speak English as a second language, provides an introduction and overview of the CIMS structure and process.

The course is available through online learning platform healthLearn and also includes useful resources and an interactive quiz. “We hope to enhance outcomes for residents at aged care facilities across the South Island, through helping staff prepare for emergency situations and utilising consistent protocols and guidelines across sectors and service providers.”

Published on: Thursday, November 7th, 2019, under Emergency Planning, Older people health