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Have your say  NSW Health seclusion and restraint policy - focus group

Fri 02, Nov 2018

Who: The NSW Health Mental Health Branch 

When: 1pm - 3pm, Friday, 9 November 2018

Where: Ministry of Health, 73 Miller St North Sydney

The Mental Health Branch is seeking nominations through Being and Health Consumers NSW of up to 18 consumers with lived experiences of mental health problems and/or other health problems for a two-hour focus group about a new NSW Health policy towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint.


The NSW Government has made a major commitment to preventing the use of seclusion and restraint in NSW Health acute mental health units and emergency departments.

The Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities (the review) found that the current range of policies and guidelines for seclusion and restraint was confusing for staff working in NSW Health settings.

The review recommended that:

NSW Health should have a single, simplified, principles-based policy that works towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint.

This new policy will apply across a broad range of NSW Health settings, not just mental health services.

The review report is publicly available:

The implementation plan for the review recommendations is also on the NSW Health website:


Consumer and carer partnerships and co-design are essential to the implementation of the review recommendations. The purpose of the focus group is to explore the key principles and components that should be included in the new policy. NSW Health will use your input and feedback to inform policy development. They will provide some background reading before the focus group meeting.


NSW Health offers $110 for consumers’ contribution through Being, Mental Health and Wellbeing Consumer Advisory Group. This would be for consumers whose participation is not already covered by another paid role that they might have.


If you would like to attend or for more information please contact Ms Yali Thangavelayutham in the Mental Health Branch on 9461-7983 or


photo credit: CC BY 2.0: Alachua County



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