The Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System identified a ‘broken’ system that was ‘failing to support those who needed it’. The Volumes and Final Report that resulted from the Commission found that the over-reliance on seclusion, restraint and involuntary treatment is no longer fit for purpose. There is now a need for a paradigm shift to bring practices into line with a recovery-orientated and cooperative model of mental health treatment.
Justice Action believes the Royal Commissions’ recommendations on mental health consumer’s rights and the elimination of restrictive practices such as compulsory treatment orders (CTOs), seclusion, and restraint are essential to a contemporary and more compassionate mental health system. These recommendations respects and empower consumer rights and needs. It recognises the individuality of each consumer case, and the consumer’s right to dignified treatment, autonomy of self and treatment.
Click here to read Justice Action’s full response and analysis of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.