Disability, mental health and medication - Implications for practice and policy

People with a disability who are prescribed medication and people with dual disability (intellectual disability and mental illness) are a vulnerable group of people. Many of them are subject to restrictive interventions, particularly chemical restraint.

While many are receiving adequate and regular medical care, there are many health and medication matters we do not yet understand in relation to people with a disability who are subject psychotropic medication and those with dual disability in Victoria.

This study aims to provide a further understanding of the current practice being provided and add to the evidence for the need to improve practice. For some practitioners it affirms what they already know. The findings of this research also build on previous audits and other projects undertaken by the Office of the Senior Practitioner in the area of medication, mental health and people with a disability.

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