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 will also talk to aged care residents and their families about their experience of the use of restraint since 1 July 2019.

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.

Have you or someone you support experienced restraint in residential aged care since 1 July 2019?

We would like to hear from current or previous residents of aged care facilities or their families, friends or carers about experiences of restraint in residential aged care since 1 July 2019.

You are invited to share your experiences in a confidential telephone interview. To be involved:

  • Click here for more information about the interview
  • Call AHA on 1300 119 564 (9 am to 5 pm AEST) between Friday 31 July and Monday 31 August 2020 to complete the interview over the phone
  • Email restraintreview@ahaconsulting.com.au or call 1300 119 564 (9 am to 5 pm AEST) for more information or to request an interpreter.

Residential aged care provider survey now open

If you work for a provider of residential aged care (management or direct-care staff), you are invited to share your views on the Restraint Principles. For further information on the Review and the consultation, click here.

If you would like to contribute to this Review, please complete this anonymous survey by Friday 14 August 2020.

For further information about the Review, please contact AHA on 1300 788 667 (9 am to 5 pm AEST) or email restraintreview@ahaconsulting.com.au.

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