Call for abstracts are now closed. 

About TERP 2018

The twelfth national Towards Eliminating Restrictive Practices (TERP) Forum 2018 addresses the challenging theme How far can we go? by examining a range of key developments which provide impetus, direction and experience in reducing seclusion and restraint in mental health care. The forum is relevant to clinicians, policy makers and researchers and people with lived experience of mental illness, who have an interest in eliminating restrictive practices.

The perspectives can be summarised on seven levels, each addressed by a keynote presentation and complemented by concurrent sessions in a variety of formats – workshops, free papers, posters, panel discussions and meet the speaker Q&A.

The scene is set by a consumer presentation highlighting the experience of differences in restrictive practice in different settings and over time, emphasising that cultures of reliance on seclusion and restraint are not a given and how these practices  impact  the journey to recovery. This is complemented by a view of the experience of giving care, in particular nursing practice, addressing the strong commitment to care of the nursing profession and the challenges faced by nursing staff in reconciling the autonomy of the mental health care consumer with the need to promote and maintain a safe working environment. The inappropriateness of a ‘culture of blame’ is also highlighted.

A key challenge to the practicalities of reducing restraint lies in the management of drug intoxication, most notably ICE, in Departments of Emergency Medicine. We will be examining what is current best practice in approaching the behaviours and safety issues that may manifest in organic brain syndromes caused by intoxication, often in combination with mental illness.

The possibility of dramatic changes in the use of restraint due to fundamental changes in clinical management in an inpatient setting are brought to life by the response to the Oakden enquiry in South Australia where high levels of mechanical restraint were successfully ended following intense public scrutiny and formal investigation. The question to reflect on is ‘Does it have to get to this for change in practice to happen?’

The initiation of change at a state level is examined in a presentation on the findings and recommendations of the NSW Government’s independent report of the Review of seclusion, restraint and observation of consumers with a mental illness in NSW Health facilities, which was released in 2017. This will be accompanied by an account of the national initiatives to eliminate seclusion and restraint in New Zealand, led by the Health Quality & Safety Commission, Te Pou, the Ministry of Health and the District Health Boards (DHB).

International obligations arising from the ratification by Australia in December 2017 of the OPCAT agreement (Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment) round out the multi-level round up of TERP 2018.

Together these perspectives add to a compelling case for further change in the direction of eliminating restrictive practices, combining leadership and experience with a recognition of the challenges involved and the weak case for maintaining the status quo.

The forum program will also feature an optional dinner at MONA, including a private viewing of the world renowned museum.

The call for abstracts and registration will be posted on the conference website on 15 May 2018

15 July 2018

Abstract Submission Closes

15 August 2018

Authors Notified of Abstract Acceptance

Presentation Formats

Featured Oral Presentation

It is anticipated featured oral presentations will be allocated 20 minutes for presentation, including question time.

Display Posters

An A0 portrait size poster that will be displayed for the duration of the Conference.

The abstract and a PDF of each accepted poster will be included on the conference website.

AO Poster Measurements

841 mm wide x 1189 mm high

33.1 inches wide x 46.8 inches high

Full guidelines for poster submissions can be found be clicking here.

How to Submit

Presentations can be submitted via the presentation portal on this website (see button above).

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words.

Authors will be notified of the status of their abstracts by 15 August 2018.

Presenters Registration

All accepted presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

Audiovisual Equipment

Each session room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data projector, computer with external speakers, lectern and microphone.

Review Process

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be assessed by the Scientific Sub-Committee using the following criteria:

  • Overall content quality
  • Knowledge and innovation
  • Knowledge translating and contribution to elimination restrictive practices.
  • Relevance to forum

As there are limited places for oral presentations some abstracts submitted for oral presentation may be offered posters. Authors in these cases will be advised and asked to confirm whether they wish to present a poster.

Presentation Files

Presenters will take their Power Point slides to the meeting on a memory stick, where an audiovisual technician will load your presentation.

Video and audio clips should be embedded in your Power Point slides rather than linking to external files.

All slides will be run from a central presentation computer. However, if you have a complex presentation, which includes multiple media files, we suggest you bring your own laptop as a backup in case of difficulties loading your presentation.


TERP focuses on identifying, avoiding and reducing harm across all environments in which the care of people with mental ill health is provided. TERP inforces Australia’s commitment to reduce the use of, and eliminate restrictive practices as a priority for action. Each jurisdiction, in conjunction with the Safety and Quality Partnership Standing Committee and the Commonwealth Government, works towards this vision by holding a series of forums providing an opportunity to learn and grow from local and national initiatives to eliminate restrictive practices and create a dialogue for future care.

Conference Managers

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