ACFI Cognition and Behaviours  E-Learning Modules

The way nursing and care staff are taught to document and plan for resident care doesn’t always match the ACFI’s documentation requirements. This can lead to frustration, incomplete documentation, and facilities missing out on funding for the care they’re already providing. Do you or your staff suffer from any of the following issues:

  • Not recognising what has been seen as a behaviour – “that’s not a behaviour, that’s just Jo!”
  • Behaviour charts are not being completed correctly… or at all
  • A PAS or Cornell is being done unnecessarily for every resident
  • Cornells are being done by unnecessarily interviewing residents

We see this in many aged care facilities across Australia. It’s usually a case of nursing and care staff not having necessarily been taught how the ACFI works, and that it’s about providing facilities with the funding they’re entitled to for the hard work that’s being done. Without documenting the way the ACFI requires though, it’s as if the care never happened!

Learning Objectives:

  • Get all levels of staff on board to help maximise ACFI funding
  • Improve recognition and documentation of the ACFI specific behaviour
  • Improve your staff’s understanding of documentation requirements to maintain funding at validation
  • Reduce documentation by getting an understanding of the requirements for the PAS and Cornell


  • Rating the ACFI Cognition & Behaviours domain
  • What is a behaviour – ACFI specific definitions
  • Documenting ACFI congruent behaviours
  • How ratings for cognitive skills and depression are determined

Who should use this training:

You and your staff should go through this training if you haven’t had training on the ACFI specific behaviours, your site has ever been downgraded in Behaviours, or you’re just concerned that you might not be getting the funding for services you’re already providing to your residents.

We’ve found that this training has helped staff gain a better understanding of what is expected of them for either setting up charts or recording on them… and it’s also made care staff feel more at ease when documenting something that wasn’t previously seen as a behaviour.

We’ve realised that not all training will be perfect and solve all problems. This training will assist staff in identifying what are the different types of behaviours, how they should be recorded, why they should be recorded, and make everyone feel at more ease when doing so. It won’t solve the problem of some staff forgetting to sign the charts though!

If you’re a senior clinician then after doing this and learning about what you can claim in the ACFI, we recommend you also complete the ACFI Business Rules and Planning Education session – this session means that you’ll be able to move past just ensuring that individual assessments are optimised, but you’ll be able to approach the whole process more strategically.