‘Sexual harassment and sexual assault are violations of people’s human rights that can cause immeasurable trauma and, along with other types of sexual safety breaches, are significant avoidable harms that must be addressed.’ – Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr

The videos and presentations from the Mental Health Complaints Commissioner’s (MHCC) inaugural learning from complaints forum on ensuring sexual safety in acute mental health inpatient units are now available.

On the day of the forum, we explored key themes identified in the MHCC’s Sexual Safety Project and marked the launch of The right to be safe project report.

Ms Sandy Jeffs, poet and author with lived experience, opened the forum by delivering her insightful poem ‘McMadness #2’, reflecting on her experiences of and aspirations for the mental health system.

We invite you to access Ms Jeffs’ poem here, as well as the presentations delivered by Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr and Deputy Commissioner at the time of the project Ms Bee Mitchell-Dawson, National Mental Health Commissioner and former Commissioner on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Professor Helen Milroy, and Director of Monash Alfred Psychiatry research centre Professor Jayashri Kulkarni.

In the videos of the forum, you will see these presentations as well as the two panel sessions that followed, where representatives from across the sector considered the recommendations and explored the range of perspectives and partnerships required to ensure sexual safety in acute inpatient environments.

For more information about the Sexual Safety Project, download your copies of The right to be safe report and summary here.

'I found the day very informative, challenging and confronting. It has inspired me to think more about how we can improve patient experience of safety.' – Forum attendee

'Excellent speakers. Great consumer involvement.' – Forum attendee

'Informative and well balanced.' – Forum attendee