Royal Commission and Restrictive Practices

September 25, 2020

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After putting a hold to proceedings during COVID-19 restrictions, the Royal Commission again met on Wednesday 23rd September to consider the legislative framework around the use of restrictive practices.

Key highlights from the hearing included;

  • legislation can vary greatly between states, meaning behaviours of concern can be interpreted differently,
  • medical practitioners are the ‘gateway’ to medication, however not always bound by the same regulations as those within the disability sector
  • providers and doctors are, at times, able to prescribe medication without the involvement of the person subject to them

The need for consistency and better training in implementing behaviour support plans was discussed at length. Evidence from medical professionals was tendered, covering issues including short-term medication to respond to patient crises, and the need for a better implementation of existing guidelines.

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