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A range of resources related to minimising the use of restraints in aged care. 

Resource Type
Guides & Handbooks

The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission is helping providers to understand issues and their responsibilities around minimising the use of chemical and physical restraint. This includes ensuring that providers are appropriately documenting each instance of use.

Image of PRN stickers guide

Resource Type
Regulatory Bulletins

RB 2019-08 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines the requirements that must be met before and during the use of restraint. It outlines how the Commission will assess the use of restraint in the context of the Aged Care Quality Standards and the Quality of Care Principles 2014.

snapshot of the Regulatory Bulletin - restraint

Resource Type
Fact sheets

These scenarios cover a range of examples to help providers understand issues around the use of physical and chemical restraint. They are intended to be illustrative only, and should not be relied upon as authority.

Providers should be mindful of their obligations under the Quality of Care Principles 2014, and pay careful attention to the legislative requirements underpinning the use of restraint when applying those obligations to real-life situations. Further information on provider obligations can be found in this document.

Front page of scenarios document

Resource Type
Regulatory Bulletins

RB 2019-07 This Regulatory Bulletin outlines how an approved provider can apply for reconsideration of a regulatory decision. It details the Commission's process and responsibilities relating to its reconsideration of reviewable regulatory decisions under Part 7 of the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission Rules 2018.

Cover image of regulatory bulletin 2019-7 reconsideration of regulatory decisions

Resource Type
Forms
Guides & Handbooks

This self-assessment tool aims to help aged care service providers record how their use of chemical restraints is managed. It relates to consumers who are prescribed psychotropic medication(s) (particularly anti-psychotics and benzodiazepines), including for PRN (as needed) use.

Cover image of self-assessment tool for psychotropic medication use

Resource Type
Brochures & Posters

A poster outlining how to raise a concern about the quality of care a person is receiving.

This resource is available in 25 different languages including: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Cover image Do you have a concern? Poster

Resource Type
Brochures & Posters

Information for consumers of aged care services, their families, carers and representatives about the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission.

This resource is available in 25 different languages including: Arabic, Armenian, Chinese, Croatian, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Latvian, Macedonian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

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