Projects Aged Care

Review of the Restraints Principles legislation

Projects Aged Care

Review of the Restraints Principles legislation

Projects Aged Care

Review of the Restraints Principles legislation

  • Services

    Evaluation & Advisory

  • Status

    Current

  • Client

    Australian Government Department of Health

  • Jurisdiction

    Australia

On 1 July 2019, the Australian Government introduced new laws that aim to minimise inappropriate use of restraint in residential aged care. The new laws are referred to as the ‘Restraints Principles’. These laws, for the first time, put explicit obligations on residential aged care providers in respect of the use of restraint.

The Restraints Principles are contained in Part 4A of the Quality of Care Principles 2014. The legislation requires that a Review of the Restraints Principles be undertaken. The Department of Health engaged AHA to conduct the Review.

The specific objectives of the Review are to evaluate whether there has there been a:

  • Reduction in the inappropriate use of chemical and physical restraint in residential aged care since the Restraints Principles were introduced
  • Change in the levels of awareness, attitudes, skills and behaviours in relation to restraint across the aged care sector since the Restraints Principles were introduced.

The Review will draw on a range of sources, including research literature and policy documentation, physical and chemical restraint data, and input from key stakeholders (such as consumer advocates and consumer peak bodies, residential aged care providers, and provider peak bodies). AHA has also consulted with aged care residents and their families about their experience of the use of restraint since 1 July 2019.

The consultation period has now closed

Thank you to everyone who participated in the review. The responses and feedback will now be collated.  The findings will be submitted to the Department in December 2020. The report will be tabled in Parliament and will be published on the Department’s website.

The Review of the Restraints Principles will contribute much-needed evidence on the effectiveness of the Restraints Principles