Australian Government Department of Health
The 'Restraints Principles' are regulations that aim to minimise inappropriate use of restraint in residential aged care.
On 17 January 2019, the Minister for Aged Care announced the government would strengthen regulations on the use of restraint in residential aged care. These regulations, articulated in Part 4A of the Quality of Care Principles 2014, are referred to as the ‘Restraints Principles’, and came into effect on 1 July 2019.
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 were to evaluate whether there has there been a:
AHA consulted with a broad range of stakeholders via surveys, interviews and focus groups. Stakeholders included:
We also reviewed a range of secondary data sources, including:
In addition, we conducted a literature and environmental scan to explore the background to the Restraints Principles, policy settings and other relevant contextual information.
The final report outlines a number of recommendations relating to the Restraints Principles themselves, along with broader, non-legislative changes to support the minimisation of restraint in residential aged care. The final report was tabled in Parliament on 1 March 2021 and is now published on the Department’s website.
Our final report outlines recommendations relating to the Restraints Principles themselves, along with broader, non-legislative changes to support the minimisation of restraint in residential aged care.