“Australia: Inquiry into Rule Putting Older People at Risk”


In April 2019, a new rule was introduced by the Australian government to regulate the use of physical and chemical restraints, allowing nursing homes to overmedicate and restrain older people. As part of a combined group to address the legislation, Capacity Australia addressed the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights in August 2019 who held a hearing on human rights concerns relating to the new rule.

Capacity Australia, along with ADA Australia, Capacity Australia, Dementia Alliance International, and Human Rights Watch recommended that authorities, instead of regulating the use of medical intervention should rule that it only takes place with free and information consent and “that medications are administered only for therapeutic purposes”.