Restrictive Practices

The Disability Royal Commission asked for submissions on restrictive practices in an issues paper released in May 2020.

They then held a public hearing on “Psychotropic medication, behaviour support and behaviours of concern”. You can read the Royal Commission’s official transcripts of the hearing or watch a recording of the livestream on their website.

You can also check out our twitter threads for the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of the hearing.

VMIAC, who were live tweeting with us, also posted summaries of each day of the hearing: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4.

PWDA’s position on Restrictive Practices

PWDA supports the position of the Convention on the Human rights of People with Disabilities (CRPD), that restrictive practices, whether social, chemical, mechanical or physical, are a breach of human rights.

Australia is a signatory to the CRPD, and the Committee on the Rights of People with Disabilities has repeatedly requested that Australia address the elimination of restrictive practices and to bring all Australian laws and policies into harmony with it.

As this Royal Commission hearing has demonstrated, we have a long way to go.