The New Mental Health Act

The New Mental Health Act

Date
Thu 13 Oct 2016

There is new Mental Health Act commencing on March 5 2017. This Mental Health Act 2016 was passed in parliament on the 18th of February.

The Act is a major step forward for patient rights, strengthens the role of family and support persons and better aligns the legislation with good clinical practice. There are a number of key reforms in the Act, including the move to capacity based criteria for placing people on treatment authorities and a greater emphasis on advance health directives as a way for persons to have a greater say in their health care.  A wealth of information is available on the following website:

www.health.qld.gov.au/mental-health-act/

There will also be a presentation at the North Brisbane PiR Forum next Wednesady 19th October, for more information about this go to:

http://www.northbrisbane.pirinitiative.com.au/pir-forum/