Canberra hosts National Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Forum 2013

Released 28/11/2013

ACT Chief Psychiatrist, Dr Peter Norrie will chair the 9th National Seclusion and Restraint Reduction Forum in Canberra on 28-29 November 2013.  The theme of this year's forum is: Reducing the trauma with least restrictive practice: Why it matters to walk the talk.

"This forum provides an opportunity to investigate multiple perspectives on the use of seclusion, and to discuss initiatives and evidence-based approaches that have changed the culture of this practice throughout Australia," Dr Norrie said.

"I welcome the ACT's latest figures on seclusion incidence that shows a continued reduction from 1.3 events per 1,000 bed days in 2011-12 down to 0.9 events per 1,000 bed days in 2012-13.

"This reduction has been achieved by focussing our efforts on proactive measures and utilising the strategies from the National Beacon Project that the ACT Health participated in almost 4 years ago.

"At the centre of the ACT's success in seclusion reduction has been a consumer-led Seclusion and Restraint Review Meeting, which meets weekly to review each seclusion event to identify any systemic issues or opportunities for better practice.

"I am confident that having consumer-involvement in post-event debriefings as well as regular collaboration between mental health staff, consumers and carers on policy decisions and our models of care has prevented incidents and kept seclusion at low levels," Dr Norrie said.

"Other successful strategies in place at Canberra Hospital's Adult Mental Health Unit include a de-escalation room and the use of sensory modulation tools to assist clients who are in the early phases of agitation.  These practices have proven to be effective emotional self-management interventions.

"We also have a dedicated Early Support and Intervention Team, consisting of hospital wards staff and nursing staff, who identify the early signs of distress and invoke a supportive response to minimise the impact on the behaviour of the client and the general ward environment.

"I welcome this opportunity to showcase the strategies used by ACT Health, and to hear from a range of expert speakers from other jurisdictions and from abroad who will present their latest research and strategies for continued improvement and innovation in this arena," Dr Norrie concluded.

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