Last updated 1 May 2020

Chapter 8 of the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld) restricts the use of mechanical restraint, seclusion and physical restraint on patients in authorised mental health services.

The chief psychiatrist may give approval enabling an authorised doctor to authorise the use of mechanical restraint on an involuntary patient, if the chief psychiatrist is satisfied that there is no other reasonably practical way to protect the patient or others from physical harm.

Mechanical restraint may be used if authorised by an authorised doctor and a number of other requirements are met.

Similarly, an involuntary patient may be kept in seclusion only if a number of requirements have been met. The chief psychiatrist may give directions restricting the use of seclusion and, if such a direction has been given, it must be complied with.