The Victorian Quality Council (VQC), the Chief Psychiatrist and the Quality Assurance Committee supported the development and implementation of the Creating Safety: Addressing Restraint and Seclusion Practices project to enable mental health clinicians to apply the best available evidence to clinical practice.
The project aimed to strengthen and support safety in mental health inpatient units and to reduce and eliminate wherever possible, the use of restraint and seclusion.
The project had two key components:
- The development and implementation of a training and education program to promote clinical best practice using a prevention and early intervention approach to avoid the use of restraint and seclusion wherever possible
- Developing and implementing a restraint and seclusion reduction strategy at six selected pilot inpatient units and sharing learning through this process.
Creating Violence Free and Coercion Free Mental Health Treatment Environments for the Reduction of Seclusion and Restraint - National Technical Assistance Center