Journal article

Safewards Training in Victoria, Australia A Descriptive Analysis of Two Training Methods and Subsequent Implementation

Justine Fletcher, John Reece, Stuart A Kinner, Lisa Brophy, Bridget Hamilton

Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services | SLACK INC | Published : 2020


Safewards is a psychosocial intervention designed to improve practice and staff-patient interactions in mental health wards. However, evidence regarding the impact of training on implementing change initiatives in this setting is mixed. Pre- and post-training surveys were completed by staff from 18 inpatient wards across seven health services in Victoria, Australia. Fidelity audits were undertaken to assess implementation of Safewards into routine practice. Staff knowledge, confidence, and motivation increased significantly from pre- to post-training, with no difference between two different methods of training. Most wards were implementing six or more of the interventions at the end of the ..

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Awarded by NHMRC PhD Research Scholarship

Awarded by NHMRC Research Fellowship

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors have disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise. This independent evaluation was financially supported by the Office of the Chief Mental Health Nurse, in the Department of Health and Human Services, Government of Victoria. This article forms part of the work toward a PhD, which is supported through an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship. Ms. Fletcher is supported by NHMRC PhD Research Scholarship 1133627. Dr. Kinner is supported by NHMRC Research Fellowship APP1078168.