The Minister for Mental Health and Wellbeing is required to complete a review of the operation of the Mental Health Act 2013 (the Act) by February 2020. The Minister is also required to table a report on the outcome of the review in Tasmanian Parliament.
The 2013 Act was drafted in response to a review of the Mental Health Act 1996. When the Act came into effect on 17 February 2014 it was recognised as representing significant reform. Importantly it made Tasmania the first jurisdiction in Australasia and one of only a handful of jurisdictions in the world to make consideration of a person’s decision-making capacity a threshold criterion for compulsory treatment for mental illness. You can find more information about the Act here: https://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/mentalhealth/mental_health_act/mental_health_act_2013_new_mental_health_act
The review is being led by Tasmania’s Chief Psychiatrist Dr Aaron Groves with advice and support from a Steering Committee, a Statutory Reference Group, a Clinical Reference Group, a Consumer Reference Group and a Carer Reference Group. Carers Tasmania is a member of the Carer Reference Group. Carers Tasmania is a a member of the Carer Reference Group.
Carers Tasmania is hosting a series of consultations to gather carers’ experiences and perspectives of the Act and invites you to attend one of the consultations around the state. Please register your interest below.
If you are unable to attend or would like to be updated as this review progresses, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also email your feedback to Carers Tasmania which will be collated by Carers Tasmania and provided to the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist.
Please call Simone at Carers Tasmania for more information on 6231 5507