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Regulating restraint use in mental health and aged care settings: Lessons from the Oakden Scandal

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Maker, Y and McSherry, B, Regulating restraint use in mental health and aged care settings: Lessons from the Oakden Scandal, Alternative Law Journal, 44, (1) pp. 29-36. ISSN 1037-969X (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1177/1037969X18817592

Abstract

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.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aged care, mental health services, law reform, chemical restraint, physical restraint, mechanical restraint, coercive practices, human rights
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:Civil justice
UTAS Author:Maker, Y (Dr Yvette Maker)
UTAS Author:McSherry, B (Professor Bernadette McSherry)
ID Code:151027
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2022-07-13
Last Modified:2022-07-15
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