23 May 2017

Five mental health experts with lived experience and wide reaching clinical experience, including NSW Deputy Mental Health Commissioner, Dr Robyn Shields AM, will join NSW Chief Psychiatrist Dr Murray Wright to begin a review of the practice of seclusion, restraint and observations across the NSW mental health system.

The review has been called following the release of disturbing video footage of events leading to the death of Ms Miriam Merten at Lismore Hospital in 2014, after an episode of seclusion.

The review panel includes:

  • Dr Murry Wright, NSW Chief Psychiatrist
  • Dr Kevin Huckshorn, CEO, Huckshorn and Associates
  • Karen Lenihan, NSW Principal Official Visitor
  • Julie Mooney, Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery for Southern NSW LHD
  • Dr Robyn Shields, Deputy Commissioner at the NSW Mental Health Commission
  • Ms Jackie Crowe Deputy Commissioner of the Australian Mental Health Commission

Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Mental Health Minister Tanya Davies confirmed the review will consider whether existing legislation, policy, clinical governance and practice standards are consistent with national standards, international best practice and the expectations of patients and the community. Read the terms of reference.

A final report and recommendations on a pathway for the reduction of seclusion and restraint practices in NSW will be completed by early December 2017.

The Commission’s official statement on the review can be found on our website.

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Last updated: 28 June 2017