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Gender, trauma and the regulation of the use of restraint on women in Australian Mental Health Services

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Maker, Y, Gender, trauma and the regulation of the use of restraint on women in Australian Mental Health Services, Journal of Law and Medicine, 28, (1) pp. 68-74. ISSN 1320-159X (2020) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health, disability services, law reform, restrictive practices, restraint, women
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Law in context
Research Field:Law and society and socio-legal research
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Law reform
UTAS Author:Maker, Y (Dr Yvette Maker)
ID Code:150962
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-07-07
Last Modified:2022-09-15
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