15 November 2019
A parliamentary committee has recommended the recent legislation regarding restraints in aged care remain but with amendments to clarify consent laws and further consultation with stakeholders to improve regulations.
However, Labor and Greens members of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights have submitted a dissenting report calling on the senate to disallow the instrument in favour of a new one.
The Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019, which came into force on 1 July, aims to limit the use of physical and chemical restraint in residential aged care.
However, the committee launched a short inquiry on 29 July in response to requests from Human Rights Watch and the Office of the Public Advocate (Victoria) and went on to hear from many advocates about human rights concerns relating to the new rule.