New data has revealed how often mental health patients in Australia’s public hospitals are being restrained — either by being strapped or held down — with advocates warning the practice re-traumatises people and delays their recovery.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) report revealed people were being held down on average at a rate of nine times for every 1,000 days spent in a facility.
Mechanical restraints such as straps, belts and manacles were less-commonly used, at under two events per 1,000 bed days.
Nationally, children were being physically restrained 10.9 times per 1,000 days in a mental health bed, while forensic services — which includes prisoners — was far higher at 110.2 incidents per 1,000 days.
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