New law and terminology defines mental illness in Victoria with significant changes to the legal framework that assesses and treats people with a mental illness. The Mental Health Tribunal is the independent statutory tribunal providing the safeguard for the making of compulsory treatment orders. The new law seeks to minimise compulsory mental health treatment and ensure that people with a mental illness are supported to make or participate in decisions about their assessment, treatment and recovery.
This section includes the following topics:
- Mental health treatment, capacity and consent
- Compulsory mental health treatment and compulsory patients
- Mental Health Tribunal
- Other critical new rights in the Mental Health Act 2014
- Powers of police and other authorised persons
- The Chief Psychiatrist
- Mental health service providers and designated mental health services
- Victorian Mental Health Complaints Commissioner
- Voluntary patients
- Security patients
- Forensic patients
- Interstate application of mental health laws
- Confidentiality and privacy
- Mental health, the Charter Act and human rights
- Where to get assistance
The law in this chapter is current as at 30 June 2017.
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