Regulating restraint use in mental health and aged care settings: Lessons from the Oakden Scandal
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-21, 09:27 authored by Yvette MakerYvette Maker, McSherry, B
This article argues that there exist unnecessary gaps in the regulation of the use of physical, mechanical and chemical restraints in mental health and aged care settings. While the use of these forms of restraint may be rationalised on the basis of preventing harm to self or others, there are adverse consequences that necessitate the minimisation, if not elimination, of their use. The overuse of mechanical and chemical restraints at the Oakden Older Persons Mental Health Service in South Australia led to several scathing inquiries. This article looks at the lessons learned and suggests a multidimensional, consistent approach is overdue.
Publication titleAlternative Law Journal
Department/SchoolFaculty of Law
PublisherSage Publications Ltd
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Rights statementCopyright The Author(s) 2018