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Gender, trauma and the regulation of the use of restraint on women in Australian Mental Health Services
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 09:21 authored by Yvette MakerYvette Maker
The use of physical, mechanical and/or chemical restraint is authorised by mental health legislation in most Australian jurisdictions. Research indicates that women have different experiences and needs in relation to the use of restraint, but legislation does not mention sex or gender as relevant considerations in the authorisation, use or monitoring of these practices. This is especially problematic in light of the potential for restraint use to traumatise, or retraumatise, women service users. This section discusses the treatment of gender- and trauma-related considerations in Australian mental health legislation and supporting policy, pointing to several gaps and proposing appropriate changes to practice and regulation.
Publication titleJournal of Law and Medicine
Department/SchoolFaculty of Law
Place of publicationAustralia
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