Australian Government Department of Health
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:
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Review of the Restraints Principles will contribute much-needed evidence on the effectiveness of the Restraints Principles