Learning from the past, looking to the future: is Victorian mental health law ripe for reform?

This paper was given by Professor Neil Rees at the Mental Health Review Board of Victoria's 20th Anniversary Conference on 6 December 2007. 

It was subsequently published in Psychiatry, Psychology and Law 16 (2009). 

Below is a list of the paper's contents: 

  • Introduction
  • A brief history of Victorian mental health legislation
  • The values which have underpinned Victorian mental health legislation
  • Some values which may guide new mental health laws
  • Possible areas for reform
        Advance directives
        The interaction of mental health and guardianship laws
        Information to family and friends about treatment and care
        The extended use of community treatment orders
        The grounds for civil commitment
        The jurisdiction and hearing processes of the Mental Health Review Board
  • Conclusion
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Publisher : 
Victorian Law Reform Commission
Date published: 
01 Dec 2007
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