Mental Health Bill 2013
The Mental Health Bill 2013 was introduced into the Legislative Assembly on 23 October 2013. The Bill is a response to extensive consultation and submissions by stakeholders, including the 2011 consultation Bill and the 2012 Green Bill, which in total received over 1300 submissions. You can find the Bill and a range of supporting materials here as well as details on planning for the implementation of the Bill and avenues to get involved.
Proposed amendment to Mental Health Bill 2013
In response to feedback from stakeholders, the Minister for Mental Health is proposing to table an amendment, primarily to clause 25 of the Bill.
Clause 25 sets out the criteria for a person to be made subject to an involuntary treatment order. It refers to circumstances in which a person has 'unreasonably refused treatment'.
The proposed amendment is to delete reference to unreasonable refusal. The consequence of this is that a person will only be able to be made an involuntary patient if they do not have capacity to make a treatment decision, in addition to meeting the other criteria for an involuntary treatment order. Related changes to clauses 15 and 18 are also proposed. The proposed changes are detailed in the attached paper.
The Minister intends to table the amendment in Parliament before debate commences. It is anticipated that debate will commence in the near future.
To provide comments about the proposed amendment, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comments will be conveyed to the Minister. It would be greatly appreciated if any comments could be provided early, ideally by midday on Monday 24 February. Comments will still be received after this date.
(Updated on 19 February 2014)
Self regulation forum
The Mental Health Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Ministerial Council for Suicide Prevention, recently sponsored one of a number of events with Mike McKay and Dr Stuart Shanker of the Canadian Self Regulation Initiative (CSRI) while they visited Perth for over two weeks in early February.
The Mental Health Commission sponsored an open forum on Wednesday, 5 February 2014 which commenced with a presentation by Mike McKay on the CSRI self regulation framework, followed by a panel discussions with local experts...
Mental Health Week videos
Flash mob for World Mental Health Day at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre
2013-14 State Budget Bulletin
Western Australians with mental illness or alcohol and other drug problems will benefit from a record $734 million being provided through the 2013-14 Budget. For full details view the
Minister's Budget Bulletin
Annual Report 2012-2013
The Mental Health Commission's 2012-2013 Annual Report has been tabled in Parliament and is available here in various formats including an ebook.