On 26 March 2014, the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs tabled a report entitled Care and management of younger and older Australians living with dementia and behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
The Report recommends tighter reporting standards and monitoring of antipsychotic medication in an effort to curb the use of chemical restraints to manage cases of dementia. Under the recommendations, aged care facilities would be required to report on residents who use antipsychotic medication for six months or more and the steps being taken to minimise the use of these medications. In addition, GPs would be required to review the use of antipsychotic medication for each patient after a period of three months.
The Report notes that stakeholders within the aged care industry have highlighted the need for better training of aged care workers in order to lower the ratio of dementia patients on antipsychotics.
To view the Report, click here.