Victoria's Mental Health Services
Providing a safe environment for all: framework for reducing restrictive interventions
The framework, Providing a safe environment for all, is central to the Victoria Government's commitment to reduce restrictive practices and provide mental health services that are safe places for all people accessing treatment and care, their carers and families and those who work with them. The framework has been developed as part of the Reducing Restrictive Interventions project and will assist services in developing a local response to reduce the use of seclusion and restraint through a culture of safety and recovery.
The framework is underpinned by a comprehensive review of the research and evidence relation to reducing restrictive interventions.
Nursing observation is the purposeful gathering of information from people receiving care to inform clinical decision making. It is central to nursing practice, multifaceted and critical to good care. Consideration of nursing observation is complicated by the various understandings of what is meant by the term within service policies and in the literature. This nursing observation guideline is intended to provide clinicians, services and service users with clear direction regarding the role of, and best practice approaches to, the conduct of nursing observation of people receiving care in Victorian mental health inpatient units.
Current catchment arrangements for public clinical mental health services are not optimal. A number of possible options for reconfiguring metropolitan public clinical mental health service catchments and associated health service auspicing are outlined in a consultation paper, Clinical mental health service catchments, August 2013. These options are not final and may be adjusted based on the outcomes of consultations. They are intended to support discussion about the opportunities for change and system improvement.
The purpose of this paper is to report on the progress of public mental health services in implementing Caring together - an action plan for carer participation in Victorian public mental health service. This report provides an opportunity for mental health services to compare levels of participation, examples of best practice and carer participation initiatives. This report uses the survey's findings to acknowledge evidence of good progress and identify where improvement is needed to increase carer participation in clinical mental health services. The survey findings will also be used to help inform future directions for carer participation programs and carer involvement strategies.
The aim of the Carer Support Fund (CSF) is to assist carers in their role of caring for a person with a mental illness by providing funding to assist to promote and sustain the caring relationship and improve the wellbeing of carers. The Carers Support Fund is administered by the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network. All applications are made at and approved by the local mental health service who then forward individual applications to the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network for processing.
For further details contact the local mental health service case manager where the person you care for is registered, or visit the Victorian Mental Health Carers Network website.
Consumer Partnership Forum
The Minister for Mental Health (the Minister) invited Victorian clinical and non-clinical mental health services to nominate a consumer workforce member to engage directly in a new Mental Health Consumer Partnership approach. The Victorian Government is committed to a program of important reform for mental health that includes a strong consumer and carer voice. As a consequence, the Department of Health (the department), Mental Health Drugs and Regions Division (MHDR) have established the Consumer Partnership Dialogues (Consumer Partnership) to facilitate collaboration across the Department, the consumer workforce and the peak, the Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council. The regular dialogues will establish an ongoing opportunity for engagement with the consumer community in relation to the implementation of mental health initiatives to improve outcomes for mental health consumers and their families.
New mental health legislation is a central element in the Victorian Government’s agenda for mental health reform.
The government has undertaken extensive public consultations to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the Mental Health Act 1986 and people with a mental illness, families, carers, clinicians and service providers expect of mental health legislation for Victoria. These consultations were extremely useful, with the community and government working in partnership to shape what a new Mental Health Act in Victoria could look like.