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This online engagement was hosted on YourSAy from 11 August to 17 September 2020. Below is a record of the engagement.


Have your say on proposed changes to the law to give health practitioners the appropriate authority to protect patients, themselves and others from harm.

What is being decided?

We are proposing changes to the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995 (Consent Act).

The proposed changes will enable:

  • authorised persons to use restrictive practices to assess and provide medical treatment, without consent, in strictly limited circumstances
  • authorised medical practitioners to exercise their powers for as long as necessary or for up to 24 hours, whichever is the lesser
  • nurse practitioners, advance practice nurses and SA Ambulance Officers to be added to the scope of authorised medical practitioners, in line with current practice.

The Frequently Asked Questions section explains in further detail what the proposed changes are, in what situations these changes would apply and how the patient will be protected.

We want to hear your feedback on the changes and how you think we can effectively care for these patients and protect them and others from harm.

Get involved

Read the draft Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Restrictive Practices) Amendment Bill 2020, and the Frequently Asked Questions and consider the following discussion questions:

1. Is it appropriate/necessary for health practitioners to use restrictive practices to assess and treat patients who are exhibiting challenging behaviours, do not have decision making capacity, and who are presenting a risk to themselves and others?

2. Is the timeframe for the use of restrictive practices (up to a maximum of 24 hours for adults, and 12 hours for those who are under 18 years) appropriate?

3. Are the proposed safeguards in the Bill appropriate/necessary to protect patients and monitor the use of restrictive practices?

4. Is it appropriate/necessary to require that health practitioners seek consent from responsible persons, or substitute-decision makers, or a guardian, before providing treatment to conditions arising from these situations?

Provide your feedback by:

SA Health
Legal and Legislative Policy
RE Consent Act Amendments
PO BOX 287
Rundle Mall   SA   5000

How can your input influence the decision?

Your feedback will be considered and will influence the final version of the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care (Restrictive Practices) Amendment Bill 2020 which will be introduced to Parliament later in 2020.

Contact details

For general inquiries, please email us at or call us on 8226 7392 during business hours (9am to 5pm, weekdays).

Closing date: Thursday 17 September 2020

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