A missed opportunity to improve practice around the use of restraints and consent in residential aged care

Featuring in the Australian Journalism on Ageing by Capacity Australia’s Carmelle Peisah, Tiffany Jessop and Juanita Breen examine the Capacity Australia’s Carmelle Peisah, Tiffany Jessop and Juanita Breen examine the Principles and accompanying Explanatory Statement in light of best practices around consent and use of chemical and physical restraint from the new Quality of Care […]

“Rights Risks to Older People in COVID-19 Response”

In addition to a greater risk of serious and life-threatening complications from COVID-19 infection, ageism, discriminatory attitudes and action are also threatening older people’s rights as some governments place restrictions on freedom of movement based on age. This extreme social isolation can result in “severe, even life-threatening, physical and mental health conditions, including cognitive decline.” […]

Window Therapy during COVID-19

Prior to COVID-19 lockdowns at aged care facilities, Maurie Voisey-Barlin visited facilities as a creative therapeutic engagement specialist. Part of his role included provoking responses from residents with his cheeky manner. With lockdowns coming into effect, Maurie and the facilities he serviced, found themselves working together on a creative way for the residents to continue […]

“Consultation on draft Aged Care Visitor Access Code”

INTRODUCTION: On May 1, 2020, Aged Services announced the development in consultation with the public, a “COVID-19 Residential Care Visitor Access Code”. Aimed to “facilitate safe and regular communication between residents and their family, family of choice or friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, while minimising the risk of its introduction to a residential care home”. As […]

The Psychological Effects of COVID-19 for Health Professionals for Facing and Embracing the new COVID-19 World

“Less than two months ago, Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) hit the earth like a comet. In that short time, we have had to adjust to a new world. Public health social distancing measures have shut down our sources of pleasure and imposed unprecedented losses. We have concerns about our own welfare, that of our families, and […]

Dr Mangal Kardile “Excellence in Innovation in Healthcare Industry” Global 2020 Award Announcement

Congratulations to Dr Mangal Kardile for her “Excellence in Innovation in Healthcare Industry” (MSME sector) award received on February 2, 2020. Awarded at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi for innovative work in Mental Health, research and development of user friendly products by changing lives and creating a small scale company. MORE READING

Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights Inquiry Report (November 13, 2019)

On November 13, 2019 The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights released a report following their inquiry into the Quality of Care Amendment (Minimising the Use of Restraints) Principles 2019.

This report is encouraging and provides minimum but comprehensive recommendations about the legislation including:

– the instrument be amended to include clarification around other laws that prohibit the use of both physical and chemical restraint without prior informed consent;
– continued obligations for prescribers to exhaust alternative options and obtain informed consent prior to the use of chemical restraint;
– obligations of providers to obtain or confirm informed consent prior to the administration of chemical restraint;
– improved oversight of the use of restraint in aged care and mandatory reporting requirements for the use of restraint

Hopefully these recommendations will be taken up.

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Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care (October 31, 2019)

“Many people receiving aged care services have their basic human rights denied. Their dignity is not respected and their identity is ignored. It most certainly is not a full life. It is a shocking tale of neglect.”

These words taken from the Interim Report of the Royal Commission into Aged Care that was released on October 31, 2019. It is a detailed report over 3 volumes that recounts the evidence collected over the last 10 months and plans for the remaining 12 months of the inquiry. One area the commission is encouraging urgent attention to is the inappropriate use of chemical restraint in aged care facilities.

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Changed Behaviour in Dementia Live Webinar

DO YOU WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT CHANGED BEHAVIOUR IN DEMENTIA? Capacity Australia in partnership with the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration(DCRC), UNSW hosted a FREE national webinar as part of the government funded Empowered Project in November 2019. The webinar covered: • Changed behaviour and psychological symptoms in dementia;• Medication use in dementia and• […]

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

PRESS RELEASE 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 […]

Changed Behaviour in Dementia Free National Seminar : Mareeba QLD August 27th

Do you want to know more about changed behaviour in Dementia? Capacity Australia will be visiting Mareeba, Queensland on August 27th, 2019 with our FREE national seminar in partnership with the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC). To register for this event or any of our upcoming events, please complete the form, email us directly at […]