The Victorian Government is committed to reducing restrictive practices in mental health services, and providing treatment and care that is safe for consumers and the people who support and work with them.

Victoria's framework for reducing restrictive interventions

Providing a safe environment for all: framework for reducing restrictive interventions helps health services to comply with mental health reform objectives and the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006. The framework guides services to develop local responses to reduce the use of restrictive interventions through a culture of safety and recovery.

Framework for reducing restrictive interventions

Reducing restrictive interventions: literature review and document analysis (2013)

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Restrictive interventions in designated mental health services - Chief Psychiatrist guideline

Practice of prone restraint: Chief Psychiatrist clinical practice advisory notice

Reducing restrictive interventions initiative

This statewide initiative supports mental health services to work towards reducing and, where possible, eliminating the use of restrictive practices. Every mental health service across Victoria has participated in developing local action plans (LAPs) for reducing incidences of restrictive interventions. LAPs employ a range of strategies, including workforce development, enhanced consumer and carer participation, strengthened clinical governance, innovative therapeutic interventions and sensory modulation. 


Safewards is a highly effective model in reducing conflict and containment, and increasing a sense of safety and mutual support for staff and patients. The Chief Mental Health Nurse has established a Safewards team to help public mental health units across Victoria to implement Safewards.

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Creating Safety online training

A comprehensive training program Creating Safety has been developed to help Victoria’s mental health services reduce, and where possible eliminate, the use of restraint and seclusion practices in adult acute inpatient units.