What is this article about?
Restrictive practices are ethical, legal and clinical violations of fundamental human rights that may lead to poor care outcomes. As much as possible, aged care services should aim to create and maintain a restrictive practice-free environment. This is the recommended standard of care and will prevent residents from suffering unnecessary harm and trauma. As of 1 July 2021, the Aged Care Act 1997 has been updated with new amendments aiming to further regulate and strengthen restrictive practice requirements for residential aged care providers.