Perceptions of Dangerousness Research Project

Danger project

We hope to find new ways for the mental health system to think about violence, aggression and danger which promote equity and safety for both consumers and nurses.

VMIAC is pleased to support this new research project that is addressing an important issue for consumers. We encourage eligible people to think about becoming a participant.

About the project

This new research project is looking at perceptions of dangerousness, violence and aggression held by consumers and nurses in mental health settings.

The project will look at how consumers and nurses see themselves and each other. We want to find out:

  • What ‘being dangerous’ means to consumers and nurses.
  • Fair and safe ways to talk about violence and aggression in mental health services.

We’ll use photographs, written captions and group discussion in the research.

The project is led by:

  • Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton
  • Indigo Daya, Consumer Academic

We’re recruiting participants now.

If you’re a nurse, click here to find out more  

If you’re a consumer, read on for more information.

Do you have experience of restrictive practices and aggression in mental health inpatient services? You may be interested in participating in this research project.

Read more about the project in this flyer.


We’ll ask you to take photos about your perceptions and write captions for the photos. Then we’ll talk about the images and our perceptions in workshops.


The project is being co-produced by consumers, nurses and others with expertise in dangerousness and equity in mental health and other institutional settings. There will be separate workshops for consumers and for nurses. Reimbursements are available.

The expected time commitment for participants is 6-8 hours, including:

  • 1-hour information session (optional, you can talk to us by phone instead if you prefer)
  • 2-3 hours to take photos and write descriptions
  • 2 x 2-hour workshops


There are eligibility criteria to participate in this project. For consumers, these criteria include:

  1. You have been a consumer at an inpatient mental health service.
  2. You have experienced restrictive practices and aggression in inpatient mental health services.
  3. You are 18 years or over.
  4. You have not had an admission to an inpatient unit in the last three months.

Expressions of interest.

You can express your interest in participating via the link below:

Online expression of interest form

Need more information?

Contact the research team at the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, University of Melbourne:

Funding and support.

This project is funded by a grant from the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.

VMIAC is a partner in this research project.

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