The National Mental Health Commission 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:
(1) identified and assessed the drivers behind current practice in Australia;
(2) provided examples of how seclusion and restraint practices have been reduced or eliminated; and
(3) discussed options for reducing and eliminating the use of seclusion and restraint in relation to mental health issues in Australia.
This report was completed in August 2014 and a full report and summary was sent to the National Mental Health Commission.
Further information should be sought from the National Mental Health Commission.