New Laws on Physical and Chemical Restraints in Nursing Homes

The Federal Government has introduced a new law dealing with use of physical and chemical restraints in Aged Care Facilities/Nursing Homes. It is called the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019 (we call it the ‘New Restraint Law’).

We have been advocating for regulation of chemical restraint use in nursing homes for some time. In this post, we take a look at this new law. In our view, older Australians in nursing homes are still not subject to appropriate legal protections.

Further articles by elringtons
What duty of care does a nursing home have?
Chemical restraints in nursing homes
Royal Commission into Aged Care must cause legal change on chemical restraints
Nursing home abuse
How to make an effective nursing home complaint
Can nursing homes prevent a person with dementia from leaving the facility?
Elder Abuse – Together Making Change
Who can make decisions about your health?
Appointing an Enduring Guardian and Enduring Power of Attorney
Health and Medical Law

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