Reducing Restraint in Australia

By Erin Harris | Posted on 07.30.2013 | 0 comments
Mental health patients in Tasmania are being restrained less often, according to an Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report. Since 2008–09, the use of physical and chemical restraints has decreased from nearly 16 incidents for every 1,000 bed days to about 13.

Australia’s Mental Health Council says the rates are still too high, and that the Tasmanian government has not implemented all of the National Seclusion and Restraint Project’s recommendations to reduce restraint. The National Mental Health Seclusion and Restraint Project 2007–2009 was a collaboration among the Australian government and state and territory governments.

Learn about Australia’s current restraint reduction initiatives on the Mental Health Standing Committee website.

Read more about Tasmania’s rates in “Report Shows Restraints Used on Mental Health Patients Decline.”
 
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