Mental Health Act 2014 resources

The resources listed below are available to consumers, family and carers and mental health professional to download and print for use.

Brochures

These brochures have been translated into other languages. Translated brochures are available in Resources in different languages

Resources for mental health professionals

Resources for referrers to mental health services

A medical practitioner or an authorised mental health practitioner can refer a person for an examination by a psychiatrist under a Form 1A – Referral when they suspect that the person is in need of an involuntary treatment order.

There are new rules under the Mental Health Act 2014 about how assessments should be conducted, the criteria for making the referral, and the referral process.

Resources for people experiencing mental illness

If you have a mental illness you may be seeing a health professional about treatment. Most people receive treatment without the mental health laws applying to them. This is because the focus of the laws are on the rights of referred persons and involuntary patients.

As of 30 November 2015 the mental health law in Western Australia is the Mental Health Act 2014. This law gives you rights and protections. The resources below give you information about the law in a variety of formats.

People who have accessed mental health services are sometimes referred to as ‘consumers’. Consumers have been closely involved in the drafting of the law as well as the development of the resources below:

Resources for people supporting a person with a mental illness

Most people receive treatment for a mental illness without the mental health laws applying to them. This is because the focus of the Mental Health Act 2014 is on involuntary patients.

If you are a carer, close family member, nominated person, parent or guardian of someone with a mental illness you may be their ‘personal support person’. The Act recognises the importance of this role and provides personal support persons with rights.

Resources for non-government organisations and private psychiatric hostels

The Mental Health Act 2014 applies to non-government and private organisations. What this means for staff is explained below:

For a deeper understanding of the new law, complete the eLearning package.

Resources for Transport Officers

The Mental Health Act 2014 creates a new role – Transport Officers, whose job is to carry out transport orders. Transport orders are made where a referred person or involuntary patient needs to be transported from one place to another, and there is no other safe alternative.