Mental Health Legal Centre Inc.

Community Legal Education

Information and resources

You can access information and resources about mental health law and a range of other legal issues that relate to a person's mental illness, by clicking on the topics on the left or below.  This is general information only. If you are looking for advice about a specific situation or legal issue, we encourage you to speak with a lawyer. You can contact the MHLC during our telephone legal advice line.

 

Victoria's mental health laws and your rights as an involuntary patient under the Mental Health Act

 

You can also download MHLC's flyers about other areas of law (links to relevant page of our website):

If you would like us to post out hard (printed) copies of any of these flyers, please contact the Centre on Tel: 9629 4422 or 1800 555 887 (country callers) or via email: mhlc@mhlc.org.au

You can also check out the systemic advocacy work we do in the Law Reform and Policy Area of our website.

 

Other links and resources

You can find more information about Victoria's mental health system via the following links:

  • Mental Health Tribunal - the MHT is an independent statutory tribunal set up under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) (the Act) (pdf).  The MHT is responsible for reviewing and hearing appeals against involuntary treatment and detention under the Act.
  • Department of Health's website about Victoria's mental health services
  • Office of the Chief Psychiatrist's website - the Chief Psychiatrist is responsible for the medical care and welfare of people receiving treatment or care for a mental illness in Victoria.  The Chief Psychiatrist's responsibilities include monitoring the clinical standards of psychiatric practice and treatment provided by public mental health services and responding to complaints from consumers, carers and others.

 

Other consumer forums and events

We also host community legal education events from time to time, designed for consumers of mental health services and the broader community.

 

Past events:

  • "Compulsory psychiatric treatment - Risky business?" - Lunchtime seminar presented by Mary O'Hagan (NZ), organised by MHLC on Wednesday 8 September 2010, 1-2pm

 powerpoint presentation from the session

 



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