In 2016 the Victorian government, following a successfully evaluated trial, supported the introduction of Safewards to all public mental health services. They also committed to the introduction of Safewards in the Emergency Department and acute medical and surgery units, which is anticipated to occur in 2019.

The Victorian evaluation found Safewards was associated with significantly reduced seclusion events and improvement was especially evident in adult and youth wards. Safewards had a highly favourable impact in terms of staff and consumer perceptions of increased safety and positive inpatient environments.

Watch the Safewards presentation video from the recent Consumer and Carers Quarterly Forum to learn more.

The video includes presentations by:

  • Associate Professor Bridget Hamilton – Director of the Centre for Psychiatric Nursing, University of Melbourne
  • Indigo Daya, Consumer Academic, University of Melbourne
  • Hamilton Kennedy, Consumer Academic, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Elizabeth Moore, Coordinator-General of the Office for Mental Health and Wellbeing, ACT Health Directorate

The Consumer and Carers Quarterly Forum is supported by the Mental Health Consumer Network, Mental Health Community Coalition, Carers ACT and the Public Advocate and Children and Young People Commissioner, ACT Health Directorate Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office and Office of Mental Health and Wellbeing.

For more information on Safewards visit Safewards Victoria.

Page last updated on: 23 Aug 2019