Content warning: Discussion of seclusion and restraints in mental health services.
Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC) is inviting mental health consumers to have their say about ending the use of seclusion and restraint in the Victorian public mental health system.
VMIAC researchers are running this consumer consultation with the Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO), funded by the Victorian Department of Health. Your advice will contribute to the Department’s strategy for ending the use of seclusion and restraint in the Victorian public mental health system, as recommended by the Royal Commission into the Victorian Mental Health System (Recommendation 54).
Who can get involved?
Consumers, aged 18 and over, who have experienced or feared being secluded or restrained* in the Victorian public mental health system (including in-patient units, emergency departments, policing, and other settings), or seen this happen to another consumer.
You choose to participate in an interview, small group discussion, online survey, or by sending us a written statement. Interviews and small group discussions will take no more than an hour. Participants in interviews and small group discussions will be paid for their time.
Register your interest
email@example.com or 0450 905 254
*What do we mean by seclusion and restraint? Seclusion is being left alone in a room against your will. Restraint is being physically held, emotionally threatened or manipulated, or given medication to manage behaviour rather than for treatment.
Disclaimer: This article was provided by Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council (VMIAC). While every effort has been made to ensure the information is accurate, North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network does not warrant or represent the accuracy, currency and completeness of any information or material included within.