We hope to find new ways for the mental health system to think about violence, aggression and danger which promote equity and safety for both consumers and nurses.
Starting with a program evaluation project across 18 wards in Victoria in 2015, the CentreMHN has led evaluative and conceptual work related to the implementation of Safewards, in Victoria and Australia.2022 Our work with Safewards is embedded in key mental health education resources:
We generated important evidence out of this project:
For the full report read here:
Evaluation also found that the model and the approach to its implementation had a high level of acceptance by both staff and consumers.
You can also view the initial evaluation report for government here.
The CentreMHN also supported a pilot of Safewards, adapted to Emergency Departments: