Community feedback sought on use of restrictive practices in mental health sector

The Far West Local Health District invites community members to give their views on the use of restrictive practices in the Broken Hill Health Service’s Mental Health Inpatient Unit at a feedback session being held this week.

Chelsea Edwards, Manager of Consumer and Carer Engagement Mental Health Drug and Alcohol said: ‘We would like to understand how much the community know about the use of restrictive practices in the mental health sector, particularly in Broken Hill. We are also really keen on perspectives about education. For example, how can we use education to reduce the use of restrictive practices such as seclusion or restraint in our mental health setting?”

The feedback session will be held on Friday 21 February 2020 at Headspace, 231 Blende Street, from 2pm to 3pm. It will be hosted by Sam Jessett, Consumer Engagement Coordinator for Mental Health Drug and Alcohol and Tracy Munro, Nurse Unit Manager for the Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

Sam Jessett said: ‘I am really looking forward to meeting with the community and understanding their perspective more. Use of restrictive practices in the Mental Health Impatient Unit can be trying for all involved and are something we are trying to minimise as much as we possibly can. I am hoping we can use this opportunity to educate staff and community and in turn, reduce restrictive practices in the Mental Health Inpatient Unit that would be a win for everybody.”

For any further information about the Feedback Session, contact Sam Jessett, Consumer Engagement Coordinator FWLHD MHDA on 08 8080 1419 or Samantha.Jessett@health.nsw.gov.au

If you or someone you know needs emergency mental health assistance, call the Mental Health Information and Support Service on 1800 011 511 or Emergency Services on 000.

 

 

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