General News Politics Sector News — 20 December 2013

The Napthine government has called on hospitals and other health services to  eliminate the use of restraint and seclusion on mentally ill patients.

Mental Health Minister Mary Wooldridge has announced $1.7 million in  funding  to reduce and, where possible, eliminate the controversial use of restrictive  interventions.

”We need to do everything we can to reduce the use of restrictive  interventions and we should have an objective of eradicating them. We know that  will make a genuine difference in the lives of people with a  mental illness,”  Ms Wooldridge  told health services staff.bigstock_I_Disagree_904741

Mechanical restraint involves using belts, harnesses, sheets and straps to  restrict a patient’s movement; physical restraint uses force; and seclusion  involves locking a patient in a room.