The NSW Mental Health Act (2007) and existing policy require that NSW Health staff undertake all possible measures to prevent and minimise disturbed or aggressive behaviour, and reduce the use of restrictive practices such as seclusion and restraint.
The Act requires that (s68)
For the great majority of people with a mental illness or disorder, treatment is most appropriately provided in the community. For those whose problems are more severe and complex, treatment in a hospital inpatient unit may be indicated for a limited period of time. This is more likely where more intensive treatment is required to keep the person and those around them safe.
The existing NSW Health Policy Aggression, Seclusion and Restraint in Mental Health Facilities in NSW emphasises the role of prevention and the use of a range of therapeutic interventions in reducing seclusion and restraint.
In relation to the seclusion, restraint and observation of mental health consumers in NSW Health facilities and services, this review will:
The Review will be undertaken by an expert panel led by the NSW Chief Psychiatrist.
A review team has been appointed, comprised of:
Dr Wright will report to the Secretary, Ministry of Health.
The Secretary will report on progress and outcomes of the review to the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Health. The Secretary will engage with the Mental Health Commission of NSW at key points through the review process.
The review will:
The review will report to the Minister for Mental Health and the Minister for Health by Friday 8 December 2017.