The government’s draft strategy is now open for public comment
Content warning: this item discusses the use of seclusion (being put alone in a room against your will) and restraint (being physically restrained in any way, threatened, or given medication to control your behaviour rather than for treatment), in Victoria’s public mental health system.
The Victorian Government’s draft strategy towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint is now open for your feedback until Wednesday July 21, 2023*. Public feedback is being collected through a brief survey or written feedback.
VMIAC encourages people with lived experience of mental health challenges and all Victorians to have your say on this important step in improving our mental health services.
Victoria has the highest rate of seclusion and restraint in Australia. Seclusion and restraint breach people’s human rights, and can cause serious injury, even death. They are a major cause of trauma, fear, and distrust in our mental health system. VMIAC believes they have no place in a safe and trustworthy mental health system.
For further information to help you respond to the draft strategy, please see what consumers think about the draft strategy, our latest Seclusion Report, and the Not Before Time report.
*Edit – timeline was extended from 6th July to the 21st.