Contemporary mental health legislation is the cornerstone of an effective mental health system. The Commission influenced the new Mental Health Act 2016 through its reform submissions and recommendations.
Many of the Commission’s recommendations were included in the new Mental Health Act 2016.
Our reform agenda focused on a recovery-oriented, least restrictive approach that respects and protects the human rights of people receiving treatment for mental illness. We also sought greater acknowledgement of the role played by families, carers and support persons in recovery.
Queensland Health has published information about the new Act, including an Overview of the new Mental Health Act and a Comparison of key provisions that outline key changes, including:
- Stronger patient rights
- Independent patient rights advisers
- Strengthened role for support persons
- Examination authorities
- Classified patients
- Treatment and care
- Psychiatrist reports
- Mental Health Courts
- Victims of unlawful acts
- Magistrates Courts
- Mental Health Review Tribunal
- Chief Psychiatrist
- Operational improvements
Queensland Health administers the new Act and its implementation.
QMHC’s Mental Health Act submissions
During the review of Queensland’s mental health legislation, which commenced in 2013, we provided several submissions to the Department of Health and the Queensland Parliament.
Our submissions included:
- 2014 Submission to Queensland Health on the Review of the Mental Health Act 2000
- 2015 Submission to Queensland Health the Consultation draft Mental Health Bill 2015
- 2015 Submission to Queensland Parliament on Mental Health Legislation
Our media statements summarise the QMHC’s submissions:
- Mental Health Bill improves rights, promises reform, 29 June 2015
- New Queensland Mental Health legislation passes, 19 February 2016
What does good mental health legislation look like?
In February 2014, we held public information sessions to inform the review of the Mental Health Act 2000. Watch video highlights from these sessions via the links provided below.
- Part 1 — the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and the debate about mental health law. Part 1 and Part 1 (Auslan version)
- Part 2 — Recovery focused practice. What is it and how does it relate to the convention on the rights of persons with a disability. Part 2 and Part 2 (Auslan version)
- Part 3 — What should good mental health legislation be? Part 3 and Part 3 (Auslan version)