Review into seclusion, restraint and observation in the Hunter

Review: Mental health experts want feedback on the Hunter's acute mental health services.

Review: Mental health experts want feedback on the Hunter's acute mental health services.

A PANEL of mental health experts will visit the Hunter next week to seek feedback from community members who have had contact with acute mental health services in NSW hospitals.

Led by NSW chief psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright, the consultation is part of a state-wide review of seclusion, restraint and observation practices at mental health units, ordered by the state government.

“Residents of the Hunter who want to have their say on this important topic will have a chance to share their views and experiences directly to the expert panel who are examining the practice of seclusion,” Dr Wright said.

The Hunter’s consultation will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Newcastle on August 14 at 5pm.

It will be the third of 10 sessions being conducted across the state.

Dr Wright said the review would examine multiple aspects of seclusion, restraint and observation practices including; legislation, policy, clinical governance and practice standards within mental health facilities.

To find out more or register visit health.nsw.gov.au.

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