Baptcare takes home Better Practice Award

"Once again, Baptcare leads the way in innovation in the aged care space according to Australian Aged Care Quality Agency."

BAPTCARE was today presented with another Better Practice Award from the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency.

The latest award, Baptcare’s ninth in four years, recognises the organisation’s implementation of its ‘Psychotropic Medication Use Evaluation and Review Program’ across its aged care sites in Victoria.

Baptcare General Manager Aged Care, Michael Wilson accepted the award on behalf of the organisation at a small gathering at Baptcare’s Peninsula View Community.

Mr Wilson said Baptcare was honoured to be recognised for this program.

“We underwent an organisation wide review of all our sites to assess the use of antipsychotic medications and to introduce processes to assist in appropriately managing areas of risk and identifying opportunities for improvement.

“As a result, we implemented an updated approach to monitoring and use of psychotropic drugs across all sites. This has seen a 67 percent reduction in the use of these medications and a 40 percent improvement in compliance with therapeutic guidelines and prescribing patterns over the past two years,” he said.

The Better Practice Awards was introduced four years ago and recognises innovation, quality improvement and better practice in aged care on an annual basis.