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

Maker, Y ORCID: 0000-0002-3713-6273 and McSherry, B 2018 , 'Regulating restraint use in mental health and aged care settings: Lessons from the Oakden Scandal' , Alternative Law Journal, vol. 44, no. 1 , pp. 29-36 , doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X18817592.

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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 Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Maker, Y and McSherry, B
Keywords: aged care, mental health services, law reform, chemical restraint, physical restraint, mechanical restraint, coercive practices, human rights
Journal or Publication Title: Alternative Law Journal
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
ISSN: 1037-969X
DOI / ID Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/1037969X18817592
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