What is the Mental Health Act Australia?
The Mental Health Act promotes voluntary treatment in preference to compulsory treatment, and establishes robust safeguards and oversight mechanisms to protect the rights, dignity and autonomy of people living with a mental illness.
What are the main points of the Mental Health Act?
The Mental Health Act (1983) is the main piece of legislation that covers the assessment, treatment and rights of people with a mental health disorder. People detained under the Mental Health Act need urgent treatment for a mental health disorder and are at risk of harm to themselves or others.
What is the Mental Health Act legislation?
Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) deals with the care and treatment of persons with severe mental illness in NSW: it establishes the system of public mental health care and provides for the licensing of private mental health facilities in NSW.
What is the Mental Health Act 2016?
The Mental Health Act 2016 sets out to: improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of people who have a mental illness who do not have the capacity to consent to treatment. divert people from the criminal justice system if they are of unsound mind at the time of committing an unlawful act or unfit for trial.
What are the 6 objectives of the Mental Health Act?
Under its provisions, the Philippine Mental Health Act protects the rights of patients as follows: ‘a right to freedom from discrimination, right to protection from torture, cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment; right to aftercare and rehabilitation; right to be adequately informed about psychosocial and clinical …
Who has rights under the Mental Health Act?
The Mental Health Act NSW (2007)
A person, or their Carer, has the right to request a visit from the Official Visitors if they have concerns about a person’s care under the Mental Health Act.
Why do we have a mental health act?
The act is designed to protect the rights of people with mental health problems, and to ensure that they are only admitted to hospital against their will when it is absolutely essential to ensure their well-being or safety, or for the protection of other people.
Is depression under the Mental Health Act?
Mental Health Act 1983
Applies if you have a mental disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. You cannot be detained under this Act unless you meet the conditions for sectioning under the Mental Health Act 1983 (see our pages on sectioning for more information on when you can be sectioned).