The National Mental Health Commission is leading a national project to look at best practice in reducing and eliminating the seclusion and restraint of people with mental health issues and to help identify good practice approaches.
The Commission invited Professor Bernadette McSherry, the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Melbourne to develop best practice approaches in reducing and eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint. With the participation of people with lived experience, their families, friends and supporters in guiding research directions, this project team aims to:
(1) identify and assess the drivers behind current practice and provide examples of how the use of seclusion and restraint practices has been reduced or eliminated in Australia and some other countries; and
(2) recommend options for reducing or eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health care settings in Australia.
This project invites participation in an upcoming survey which will be launched here. Please check this website for updates and follow the news on the National Mental Health Commission’s website on the National Seclusion and Restraint Project.