What the Royal Commission said

The Royal Commission recommended:

  • the Victorian Government act immediately to end the use of seclusion and restraint in mental health and wellbeing services within 10 years.
  • the use of chemical restraint be regulated by Victoria's new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act.
  • the Chief Officer for Mental Health and Wellbeing develop and lead a strategy to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint.
  • the Mental Health Improvement Unit within Safer Care Victoria develop a range of programs and supports aligned with this strategy. These programs and supports are to be co-designed with mental health and wellbeing services and people with lived experience.

What are the opportunities?

The Royal Commission identified opportunities to improve the quality and safety of mental health and wellbeing services.

A key focus of this work is to reduce the use of seclusion, restraint and compulsory treatment.

What are we doing?

Safer Care Victoria is establishing a mental health improvement program in January 2022. It will include the work of the Chief Mental Health Nurse and focus on:

  • working with each mental health and wellbeing service to investigate local data and practices to identify priority areas for change
  • reducing seclusion and restraint towards elimination
  • making workforce training available for services
  • continuing to support services to embed Safewards.