ANMF Elimination Conference

Towards Elimination of Seclusion and Restraint Conference

Thursday 12 October 2023

Early bird savings extended until 5pm Wednesday 4 October

  • Are you an emergency nurse unsure of what the elimination of restraint would mean when you have a patient presenting with behaviours of concern?
  • Are you a mental health nurse wanting to hear more about current alternative methods and models to restrictive interventions?
  • Do you work in intensive care or theatre and feel nervous about what strategies you can implement when your patient wakes up delirious trying to self-extubate?
  • Do you know how to achieve woman- and birthing-person-centred care in the context of complex clinical presentations?

This conference will explore the range of possible impacts of the elimination strategy on various clinical areas of nursing and midwifery, with a view towards achieving safety for all involved.

The elimination strategy was a recommendation arising from the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System’s final report which was released in 2021. As a result, ANMF has been a key stakeholder working with the Victorian Department of Health and others to develop this strategy. 

It has been evident from ANMF member consultation and broader discussions that this important work requires further exploration and consideration. Key concerns voiced by members are that the strategy needs to be more inclusive of nurses and midwives; it needs to consider the existing and potential alternatives to seclusion and restraint; and it needs to include a stronger emphasis on occupational health and safety for the clinical workforce.

Presentations will include:

  • the new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act, and its relationship to the elimination strategy
  • intensive care unit and emergency department nursing perspectives on restraint and seclusion current and emerging evidence regarding seclusion and restraint
  • examples of current improvement work already underway and a successful (alternative) hospital in the home model
  • the experience of families, carers and supporters in relation to seclusion and restraint.

Panel sessions will explore how we can achieve safety across clinical settings.

Event details

Date: Thursday 12 October 2023

Time: 8.45am – 3.45pm, with registration commencing at 8am

Location: Carson Conference Centre, ANMF (Vic Branch), 535 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

Format: face-to-face event

CPD: 6 hours


Please note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, changes may take place to the format of the conference. ANMF may be required to alter or change conference plans at short notice – which could mean either a reduced or limited physical conference, or a digital conference – depending on government advice leading up to your conference. Registration options may alter based on any changes, with options communicated directly to registered attendees.

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Refund policy: By registering for this conference, you are agreeing to the ANMF (Vic Branch) refund policy:

(a) 10% administrative fee levied on all participants who cancel

(b) 14 days or more notification – full refund (i.e. 90%)

(c) seven days or more notification – 70% refund

(d) less than seven days notification – 25% refund

Travelling from a regional location? We strongly encourage regional participation at our events. ANMF members can book significantly discounted accommodation at ANMF House in the Melbourne CBD.

Catering: This conference is catered. Please list your dietary requirements on your registration form so we can aim to cater for the requirements.

Getting to the venue: Public transport use is encouraged to attend this event.

Melbourne Central and Flagstaff railway stations are a short walk or tram ride to 535 Elizabeth Street. Tram routes 19, 57 and 59 travel along Elizabeth Street and the trams all stop outside Queen Victoria Market, opposite the conference centre.

Limited parking exists near the venue. Two-hour paid street parking is located on Elizabeth Street and at the rear of the venue on O’Connell Street. Additional secure paid all-day parking is located the Queen Victoria Market. This car park is open seven days a week, between 5am–7pm, and is accessible via Franklin or Queen Streets. Please note this event takes place on a market day.

ANMF (Vic Branch) location map of 535 Elizabeth Street