People with a mental illness require a safe, protective and healing environment to aid their recovery and long-term wellbeing.
Victoria provides mental health services with a wide range of clinical guidelines and legislative safeguards to protect people in their care, empower their staff, and improve their workplace practices in line with industry-leading standards.
These guidelines can help service managers and senior clinicians to develop their own policies, design relevant staff training, and build mutually beneficial relationships with other service providers and community organisations.
Safewards is a clinical model designed to enhance the safety of mental health services for everybody.
Weapons in health services
Health services are required to manage the potential risks posed by firearms, weapons or dangerous articles.
Reducing restrictive interventions
All mental health services and hospitals should reduce the use of restrictive practices.
Promoting sexual safety in inpatient settings
A safe environment free from sexual harassment and intimidation is critical to providing effective care.
Gender sensitivity and safety
Guidelines to help staff deliver services that respect the needs of people in relation to their gender and sexual identity.
Mental health services should adopt trauma-informed care practices to aid the recovery of people in care.
Drugs and alcohol in mental health services
Guidelines to help mental health services manage alcohol and illicit substances use in inpatient settings.
Family violence – identifying and responding
Guidelines for mental health clinicians on identifying and responding to family violence.
Reviewed 28 May 2015