Need for consumer voice in reduction of seclusion and restraint

On Friday 29 May Deputy Commissioner Bradley Foxlewin delivered the keynote address at the 10th National Seclusion and Restraint Reduction forum in Melbourne, which aims to reinvigorate the conversation about the reduction of restrictive practices in mental health care.

Bradley, co-chair of the National Seclusion and Restraint Project Core Reference Group, is a passionate advocate against seclusion and restraint in support of better outcomes for people with mental illness.

“Reduction and elimination of the use of seclusion and restraint is a human rights issue,” Bradley said.

“There is a significant lack of consumer and carer voices in clinical decision making around seclusion and restraint. This is mirrored by the absence of consumer led research; we are about 10 years behind the UK in that respect.

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