The National Mental Health Commission has engaged Professor Bernadette McSherry, the Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute, and an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Melbourne to look at best practice in reducing and eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint in relation to mental health issues. With the participation of people with lived experience, their families, friends and supporters as well as practitioners and other service providers working in a range of mental health, general health, custodial and community settings, the project team aims to:
(1) identify and assess the drivers behind current practice in Australia;
(2) provide examples of how seclusion and restraint practices have been reduced or eliminated; and
(3) discuss options for reducing and eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint in relation to mental health issues in Australia.
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.