26 September 2023

Mental Health Act to be front of mind

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The Mental Health Commission is to undertake a Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act 2014 and is seeking public comment.

The Review will examine the operations and effectiveness of the Act — what is working well and where improvements to treatment, care and support can be made.

The Commission has developed a discussion paper to guide public comment, with feedback sought on the Act as a whole; individual parts of the Act; and issues that have arisen since the Act began in November 2015.

Minister for Mental Health, Stephen Dawson said since the Act came into effect, the understanding of mental health issues and recovery had developed.

“This Review will make a valuable contribution to identifying possible improvements to the Act,” Mr Dawson said.

“To do this, it is vital for the Government to draw on, empower and be guided by the critical knowledge and strength of people with a lived experience, consumers, carers, family members or other support people; as well as those who administer and work within the legislative framework.”

He said individuals with an interest in or experience under the Act, particularly lived experience over the past five years, were encouraged to participate.

“People working under and administrating the Act are also called upon to express their views and perspectives,” Mr Dawson said.

The public comment period for the Statutory Review is open until 31 January 2022.

The Commission’s 49-page Statutory Review of the Mental Health Act (2014): Discussion Paper can be accessed at this PS News link and further information on how to make a submission at this link.

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