Approval to Use Restrictive Intervention - Victoria

Description

You will require this approval if you intend to use restrictive intervention within your disability service. Restrictive intervention (RI) includes the bodily restraint and / or seclusion of a patient (either physically or mechanically) in the course of operating the service.
Please note that there are strict requirements about the method of restrictive intervention.

Once you are approved, you may only use RI if certain conditions are met. RI must only be used if it has been authorised by:

  • an authorised psychiatrist
  • the delegate of an authorised psychiatrist
  • a registered medical practitioner
  • the most senior registered nurse on duty.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this approval you must:

  • be a registered disability service provider
  • nominate a person or persons to be appointed as an Authorised Program Officer
  • submit the forms or documentation required by the Agency.

Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Ongoing eligibility requirements

A restrictive intervention may only be used on a person if:

  • it is necessary to prevent the person causing physical harm to themselves or others
  • the use and form of the restraint or seclusion is the lease restrictive option in the circumstances
  • the use and form of the restraint is included in the person's behaviour support plan and complies with the behaviour support plan.

Behaviour support plans must be reviewed at least once every twelve months. An independent person must be available to explain to the person the inclusion of the proposed restraint or seclusion in the person's proposed behaviour support plan.

Duration

As specified on the approval.

Fees

Fees Details for this service in table format.

Task Type Business Structure Description
Apply Application All

Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.

Forms

Task Business Structure Resources
Apply All Application for Approval to Use Restrictive Intervention - Please contact the responsible agency for application forms and registration details.
General All Disability Act 2006 Information Sheet 14 - Restrictive Interventions - PDF (Opens in new window)

Application process

Apply

Please lodge your application and any associated documents directly with the organisation. Your application must include the prescribed details and a request for approval of the title and rank of any position and the name of the holder of the position to be appointed as an Authorised Program Officer for the disability service provider.

Additional information

The approval allows you to appoint one or more of your staff as an Authorised Program Officer. Authorised Program Officers are responsible for ensuring that restrictive interventions are only used in accordance with the Disability Services Act.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services

Office of Disability Services

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.

Enquiries

Office of Disability Services

Department of Health and Human Services

Operating address: 50 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Mailing address: GPO BOX 4057
Melbourne, Victoria 3001
Other: 1800 783 783
Website: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/home (Opens in new window)