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Getting your voice heard

08 6234 6300
1800 999 057

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


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

MHAS COVID-19 arrangements

Mental Health Advocates are still working during the COVID-19 pandemic to support and protect consumer rights. If you need help call 1800 999 577 or 6234 6300. You can phone on the weekend; leave a message and we will call you back.


If you have concerns about what is happening in a mental health service or about admission or discharge, please call us