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How to get a treatment, support and discharge plan

All treatment, care and support of an involuntary patient MUST BE GOVERNED by a treatment, support and discharge plan under the Mental Health Act 2014 and the involuntary patient must have input to the plan, be given a copy and any relevant personal support persons must also be involved and given a copy – see ss185-188 of the Act. MHAS conducted an Inquiry in  2017-18 which found no health services were complying with the Act and compliance remains “patchy at best” .  Mental Health Matters2 has now developed a pamphlet for consumers and carers about the rights and how to approach getting those rights observed. The resources are available for download on their website at www.mentalhealthmatters2.com.au/resources.

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At the Launch, from left to right in the photo:  Sarah Cowie, Director, Health & Disability Services Complaints Organisation (HaDSCO); Debora Colvin, Chief Mental Health Advocate, Mental Health Advocacy Service (MHAS); Karen Whitney, President, Mental Health Tribunal (MHT); Toni who provided a consumer perspective and Ron Deng who provided a family/supporter perspective

Annual Report

The Mental Health Advocacy Service’s Annual Report 2019-20 describes the activities of the Advocates during the past year.

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MHAS Annual Report 2019-20

Inquiry into Services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People and Compliance with the Mental Health Act 2014

This inquiry was undertaken by MHAS with the aim of improving Aboriginal mental health consumers’ experiences and identifying mental health service compliance with the Mental Health Act 2014 (the Act). The report found that the Act is not being complied with and overall Aboriginal consumers are not consistently being offered their rights.  While some initial progress has been made towards fulfilling the promise of the Act, and there are some positive examples of collaboration,  there is still a long way to go before all Aboriginal people being assessed, examined and treated have access to the rights offered by the Act.  The report contains 15 recommendations all of which were supported or supported in principle in a joint response to the preliminary report from the Director General of the Department of Health, the five health service providers and the Acting Mental Health Commissioner. The Chief Advocate has recommended to the Minister that an inter-agency working party be established to develop an agreed action plan to implement the report recommendations for consideration and endorsement by the new Mental Health Executive Committee with a report back to the Minister in 12 months.

Mhas Final Report On The Inquiry Into Strait Islander People And Compliance With The Mental Health Act 2014 July 2020