Around-the-clock supervision of mental health units and targets to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint
will be introduced under a plan
to significantly improve mental health
Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies and Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the plan will also include mandatory public reporting of seclusion and restraint rates and
training of frontline
“This Plan will help ensure frontline staff provide the very best for mental health patients – with dignity, empowerment and respect at the forefront of their care,” Mrs
the first time, targets to
reduce the use of
seclusion and restraint will be included in annual performance agreements with
local health districts.”
The plan outlines 27 actions to address all 19 recommendations made by
Review of seclusion, restraint
and observation, which were accepted by the NSW Government in December last year.
“The tragic death of Lismore woman Miriam Merten was the catalyst for change and now we have a plan that will greatly improve the safety of mental health patients and better
support staff,” Mrs
“We would like to thank consumers, their families, peak mental health organisations
and NSW Health
their immense efforts over the past 12 months.”
Mr Hazzard said each local health district and specialty network will also work with patients,
carers and staff on a localised seclusion and
restraint prevention plan.
“People living with mental illness, and their families
and carers, deserve and need to have
complete confidence in
the NSW health system,” Mr Hazzard said.
The NSW Government has also committed an initial $20 million to improve the
inside acute mental health
units across the State.
Implementation of action items has already begun with all items expected to be
complete by July 2019. To
the Plan visit: www.health.nsw.gov.au/patients/mentalhealth.
To be involved
in the design of your
local seclusion and restraint prevention plan visit www.health.nsw.gov.au/lhd.