Department of Health

The Act promotes voluntary treatment in preference to compulsory treatment wherever possible.

The Act seeks to minimise the use and duration of compulsory treatment to ensure that the treatment is provided in the least restrictive and least intrusive manner possible. The Act achieves this by introducing specific criteria for compulsory treatment, creating Treatment orders that operate for a fixed duration and requiring timely oversight by an independent Mental Health Tribunal.

Reviewed 28 May 2015


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