Authors: Breda Ryan, Louise Howe & Tim Rolfe, WA
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Mental health legislation in WA has been revised and reviewed a number of times over the last 13 years and is currently being debated in Parliament. While the new Mental Health Bill promotes consumer rights and carer involvement it did not identify the need for a charter of mental health care principles until 2011. Following expert advice it was agreed to progress a charter of consumer rights within the new legislation. This presentation will describe the process of how the Charter of Mental Health Care Principles evolved. It will show how consumers were directly involved from the outset in the development of the final 15 principles. It will look at the purpose of the Charter in underpinning the practices and functions under the
new mental health Bill. It will show how a rights based set of principles were developed, which mental health services must make every effort to comply with. While the principles have been incorporated into the new mental health Bill, which deals primarily with involuntary status, the Charter applies to all people using mental health services in Western Australia. These principles are intended to influence the interconnected factors that facilitate recovery
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