This month, the National Mental Health Commission released their position paper on seclusion, restraint and restrictive practices in mental health services.

The paper expands on findings from the Seclusion and Restraint Project run by the National Mental Health Commission and the Melbourne Social Equity Institute of the University of Melbourne.

The paper was informed by an international literature review and surveys and focus groups with people who have lived experience of seclusion and restraint. It provides an overview of the evidence supporting best practice and identifies ways on how to best reduce the use of seclusion and restraint.

Some of the key points include:

  • there is strong agreement that seclusion and restraint breaches human rights
  • a national approach to the regulation of seclusion and restraint is needed
  • future strategies to reduce and eliminate seclusion and restraint need to be informed by a person-centred and trauma-informed recovery approach.
Further information and the position paper can be downloaded here.
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