School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Field of Research:
Medical and Health Sciences
Dr Julie Bradshaw; Dr Linda de George-Walker
Doctor of Philosophy
To explore discourse that continues to affirm the use of restraint in RACFs, despite policy promoting restraint disuse
Despite it being thirteen years ago since the Australian Government made its concerns of restraint known with the introduction of the first Decision Making Tool: Responding to Restraint in Aged Care (Department of Human Services, 2004), restraint practice remains commonplace in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACFs). This proposed qualitative study examines the role and influence of macro-systems and broader societal motives for the continuance of restraint practices. This study will explore the socio-cultural perceptions associated with older people, economic factors and political rhetoric relating to and influencing views of restraint and whether the way RACFs are funded and financed, perpetuates restraint practice.
Why my research is important/Impacts
This research will provide valuable insights into the relationships between systems, government, policy, legislation, the economics and cultural norms and how these relationships influence RACF restraint practice. This new knowledge may influence public policy which may change restraint practice on the coalface.