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Our mental health improvement program will improve mental healthcare in Victorian publicly funded mental health and wellbeing services, so it is safer, more effective, appropriate and connected.

We’re working in partnership with consumers, carers, families and supporters, and the mental health and wellbeing workforce and leaders to co-design quality improvement programs.

We are working closely with the Department of Health, including the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist to implement the new quality and safety architecture. When established we will also work closely with the Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission.

Our key priorities

  • Towards the elimination of restrictive interventions
  • Prevent gender-based violence
  • Prevent suicides in mental healthcare settings
  • Reduce compulsory treatment

Work is already underway

  • Our first large scale initiative Safety for all in mental health inpatient units commenced in November 2021.
  • We’re developing a range of resources and training opportunities to increase your skills and understanding of improvement science.

Expression of Interest - Safety for all: Towards elimination of restrictive practices

We are excited to offer Victorian mental health inpatient units an opportunity to participate in the Safety for all: Towards elimination of restrictive practices - Breakthrough Series (BTS) Collaborative. This state-wide improvement initiative will bring teams from mental health inpatient units together to work towards eliminating restrictive practices.

Safer Care Victoria (SCV) is working in partnership with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement to deliver this important program of work. The collaborative will run for 18 months. Participation is open to all public health services and is free.

Please read the information pack and frequently asked questions, which outline expectations of participating mental health inpatient units. SCV will host several virtual information sessions throughout June 2022. For an opportunity to participate, please complete and submit the EOI form by 5pm Friday 8 July 2022.

We're recruiting Lead roles

We're looking for one Clinical Lead and two Lived Experience Leads (consumer and carer) to support the Safety for all: Towards elimination of restrictive practices - Breakthrough Series Collaborative.  

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Keep up to date

For monthly updates for healthcare professionals, including new clinical guidance and resources, advance invites to clinician events and opportunities like grants, jobs and consultation subscribe for SCV's Centres of Clinical Excellence news.

For high-level updates on quality and safety in healthcare, subscribe for updates from the Chief Mental Health Nurse.

About the program

Our work is supported by the Chief Mental Health Nurse, building on work already undertaken to further improve service delivery in line with our key priorities.

Hear more from our leaders about the new quality and safety structures to support mental health and wellbeing services in Victoria

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Page last updated: 23 May 2022

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