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Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act (2014)

Background

The Mental Health Act (2014) (the Act) provides for the treatment, care, support and protection of people who have a mental illness; the protection of the rights of people who have a mental illness; and the recognition of the role of families and carers in providing the best possible care and support to people who have a mental illness, in the least restrictive environment.

Review of the Mental Health Act (2014)

The Mental Health Commission is reviewing the Mental Health Act (2014) and undertook a six-month public consultation to obtain feedback to help inform the Review. The Commission heard from people who:

  • Have received treatment under the Act;
  • Have supported someone who received treatment under the Act;
  • Work in the mental health sector, including as an advocate or volunteer;
  • Have feedback about the operation and effectiveness of the Act.

PLEASE NOTE: The public consultation period closed in early 2022.  Submissions are no longer being accepted.

The objectives of the Review are to:

  • identify elements of the Act that work well;
  • opportunities where the Act could be improved; and
  • make recommendations to the Minister and Parliament

The results of the Review will inform the development of a report and recommendations that will be tabled in Parliament.  

Discussion Paper

A discussion paper was prepared as a tool to assist the public in providing feedback; Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act (2014) Discussion Paper.

Extracts of the discussion paper are below:

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