New tool to monitor and reduce restrictive interventions

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21 September 2016

The department’s Senior Practitioner - Disability has developed a new tool to help staff working in disability support services better understand and monitor the use of restrictive interventions or practices.

Under the Disability Act 2006, when a person is in some way restrained or forced to do something, this must be reported to the Senior Practitioner. Reducing the use of restrictive interventions in formal care settings is a key result in the Outcomes Framework of the Department of Health and Human Services Strategic Plan.

The Senior Practitioner – Disability has developed the Restrictive Intervention Self-Evaluation Tool (RISET) to assist disability service providers to understand the use of restrictive interventions. The tool guides users through important information to help them understand when a restrictive intervention could or has occurred.

It also produces documentation to show, for accountability purposes, that a service has checked to see whether a restrictive intervention has occurred and when it needs to be reported.

By reporting the use of restrictive interventions, the Senior Practitioner can monitor these practices and therefore better safeguard the rights of people with disabilities.

Staff working in disability support services are encouraged to use the tool and share it with colleagues and partnering agencies. A survey is built into the last page of the RISET for you to provide your feedback so that it can be improved.

More information

The RISET can be used on mobile phones, laptops, tablets and PCs.

To access the RISET, click on the following link, or copy the URL into you electronic device www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2741253/Has-a-Restrictive-Intervention-Occurred

For more information visit the department's website at www.dhs.vic.gov.au/officeofprofessionalpractice or contact Krysia Birman on (03) 9096 1903 or email krysia.birman@dhhs.vic.gov.au

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