Navigating Your Way Around Mental Health Law

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This workshop will address the role that mental health laws play in the provision of services to persons with the lived experience of mental illness. It is vitally important that service providers have a sound working knowledge of the relevant mental health legislation, to ensure that the rights of their clients are upheld. The current legislation allows for a person’s liberty and decision making ability to be taken from them in certain circumstances, and for coercive orders (Community Treatment Orders) to be used to enforce treatment in the community. This workshop will provide workers with an understanding about the application of the Mental Health Act (2007), the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Health, the NSW Police and the Ambulance service, as well as the role of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. There will also be a focus on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its importance in this area. This will enable them to better support their clients and to safeguard their human rights.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • Have an understanding of the Mental Health Act (2007)
  • Understand the role of human rights in mental health, and the relevance of the CRPD to their clients
  • Understand the processes by which a person may be detained and treated against their will and their rights in these circumstances
  • Understand the role of a Primary Carer under the Act
  • Be able to support their clients if they are placed on a Community Treatment Order
  • Be able to support their clients if they are to appear before the Mental Health Review Tribunal
  • Understand the processes by which Health, Police and the Ambulance service attempt to work together
  • Understand the roles of the Official Visitors, the Health Care Complaints Commission, and the Guardianship Tribunal and how they might be of assistance to your clients

Who should attend?

Staff of government and non-government organisations working with persons who are affected by the Mental Health Act (2007)