AIHW Board AIHW senior staff Annual report Capability statement Collaboration AIHW corporate plan 2015-16 to 2018-19 Customer care charter FOI - freedom of information Indexed list of files Organisation chart Presentations Privacy of data Public consultation Public Interest Disclosure Strategic Directions 2011-2014 Tenders
By category Ageing, disability & carers Families & children Hospitals Housing & homelessness Indigenous Australians Population groups Risk factors, diseases & death Services, workforce & spending
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases
Chronic kidney disease Chronic respiratory conditions COPD Deaths Dementia Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Injury Life expectancy
Male health Mental health Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Primary health care Prisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Data Publications Contact AIHW
Publications CatalogueOrdering publicationsForthcoming publications Online reports Rate our publication effectivenessSubscribe to release notices
By subject Adoptions Aged care Ageing Alcohol & other drugs AIHW annual reports Arthritis & musculoskeletal conditions Asthma Australia's health Australia's welfare Burden of disease Cancer Cardiovascular disease Child health, development & wellbeing Child protection Children's services Chronic diseases Chronic kidney disease
Chronic respiratory conditions Corporate publications Data linkage Data standards Deaths Dental & oral health Diabetes Disability Expenditure Eye health Food & nutrition General practice Health indicators Homelessness Hospitals Housing assistance Indigenous Australians Indigenous housing
Injury Life expectancy Male health Mental health services Mothers & babies National health priority areas Overweight & obesity Palliative care Population health Primary health carePrisoner health Risk factors Rural health Safety & quality of health care Veterans' health Workforce Youth health & wellbeing Youth justice
In other sections Subjects Data Contact AIHW
About AIHW data METeOR—metadata online registry Data by subject Catalogue of holdings of AIHW data Customised data analysis request Data governance framework Data linking Data standards GovHack Privacy of data Accessing Australian Government health and welfare data
By subjectAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Performance Framework Adoptions Aged care Alcohol and other drugs Alcohol data sources Body weight data sources Cancer Children's headline indicators (CHI) Child protection Chronic disease indicators Data sources for monitoring health conditionsDeaths Disability
Expenditure FHBH - Fixing houses for better health General Record of Incidence of Mortality (GRIM) books Height and weight data sources Hospitals Indigenous Australians International collaboration Maternity Information Matrix (MIM) Medical indemnity Mental health Mortality Over Regions and Time (MORT) books National Aged Care Data Clearinghouse
National core maternity indicators (NCMI) National framework for protecting Australia’s children (NFPAC) National indicator catalogue National Youth Information Framework (NYIF) Perinatal data Primary Health Network (PHN) Risk factors statistics Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Tobacco data sources Workforce
In other sections Subjects Publications Contact AIHW
AACR ACFADD AHSAC AIHW Board AIHW Ethics Committee AODTS NMDS WG CKDMAC CMAG CSDWG CVDMAC HEAC
IGIHM JJ RIG MHISSC NAGATSIHID NCIAG NCSIMG NDDWG NDIMG NHISSC NIAG NIRAPIMG NMDD
NMDS NMHPSC NOPSAD NPDDC NPHEP NPHIC PCDWG PDWG PHIDG PHIG REDWG Workforce committees YIAG
Education worksheets Infographics What's in the pipeline Subscribe to education notices Other educational links
Worksheets by subject All Latest Ageing Australia's health Australia's welfare Carers
Children & youth Disability Disease Drugs
Health Health prevention Indigenous Australians Injury
In other sections Subjects Data Publications Contact AIHW
Job vacancies How to apply for a position at the AIHW Conditions of employment Benefits of working for the AIHW Temporary employment register Occupational Training Program Contact the People Unit Graduates
AIHW Access magazine Media releases Subscribe to release notices Media FAQ Media contacts
You are here:
The use of seclusion practices in mental health facilities is becoming less frequent and, when seclusion is used, episodes are shorter than in the past, according to new information released today by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
The information released today in the Institute's report, Mental health services in Australia-in brief 2015, and on its Mental health services in Australia website, shows that the use of seclusion has fallen by an average of 10% per year over the last 5 years.
'Seclusion is defined as confinement, at any time of the day or night, alone in a room or area from which free exit is prevented,' said AIHW spokesperson Geoff Neideck.
'Between 2010-11 and 2014-15, there was a fall in the national seclusion rate from 11.8 events per 1,000 bed days, to 7.8 events.'
Despite the overall fall, rates of seclusion use varied between the states and territories. Rates fell for 6 of the 8 states and territories, rising only in Queensland and the Northern Territory.
'Seclusion rates were highest in the Northern Territory, at 31 events per 1,000 bed days, and lowest in the Australian Capital Territory, at 2.7,' Mr Neideck said.
Today's release also shows that the average length of a seclusion event was 5.4 hours in 2014-15, down from 6 hours the previous year.
'Victoria had the longest average seclusion duration, at 8 hours, while the Australian Capital Territory had the shortest of 2.2 hours,' Mr Neideck said.
The use of seclusion also varied by remoteness, with Outer regional and Remote areas having the highest rate of seclusion (17.8 events per 1,000 bed days, combined), compared to 8 for Inner regional, and 7.2 for Major cities.
Nationally, seclusion rates were highest in child and adolescent services (12 events per 1,000 bed days), though these events were generally shorter, at an average of 1.6 hours.
Today's report and web release also describes the characteristics of Australia's mental health facilities, specific mental health services, and the mental health workforce.
The AIHW is a major national agency set up by the Australian Government to provide reliable, regular and relevant information and statistics on Australia's health and welfare.
Canberra, 16 December
For further information on seclusion data: Geoff Neideck, AIHW, tel. 02 6244 1163, mob. 0439 878 933
For general information about seclusion practices in Australia: Assoc. Prof. John Allan, Chair of the Safety & Quality Partnership Standing Committee, tel. (07) 3328 9061
Full publication: Mental health services in Australia-in brief 2015
Website updates: https://mhsa.aihw.gov.au