This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 11 August to 17 September 2020. Find out more about the consultation process. Below is a record of the engagement.
Why do we need these changes?
Sometimes when a patient presents at a hospital or a clinic they exhibit behaviours that pose a risk to themselves and to others. These challenging behaviours may be caused by intoxication from drugs and alcohol, a condition such as delirium, or through mental illness.
The patient may not have the capacity to make decisions for themself and may need assessment and medical treatment. In these cases, the use of restrictive practices may be required to prevent harm to the patient or others during assessment and treatment.
The proposed changes are designed to enable medical practitioners to protect patients and others from harm.
What has happened prior to this?
In 2017 under the previous government, the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Restrictive Practices) Amendment Bill 2017 was prepared to be introduced to Parliament. It was the subject of wide consultation at that time including a 2017 YourSAy engagement which is still able to be viewed.
Unfortunately the SA Governor prorogued parliament before the introduction of the Bill in December 2017 in preparation for the March 2018 election and the proposed changes were not progressed.
The submissions made on the 2017 Bill are acknowledged and have been considered in the drafting of the current Bill. We encourage those that made submission in the 2017 consultation to do so again so ensure your views are properly considered in this new consultation process.