Understanding the
Mental Health Act (2007)

Incorporating the 2015 Mental Health Act Amendments

Amendments to the Mental Health Act

The Mental Health Act 2007 has undergone review and has been amended by the Mental Health Amendment (Statutory Review) Act 2014. These changes came into effect 31 August 2015.

The NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) was commissioned by NSW Health to provide Education and Training on amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007. This website and associated resources have been prepared by NSWIOP and are readily available to staff across the health service system as well as those interested in learning more about the amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007.

Fact Sheets

A number of Fact Sheets have been prepared based on user groups to better understand the Mental Health Act 2007.

Click on the corresponding user group below to access each Fact Sheet.


Consumers

A person who has a lived experience of a mental illness or mental disorder and / or a person who is receiving treatment from a mental health service.


Medical Practitioners

This Fact Sheet contains information and advice specifically tailored to Medical Practitioners when observing and assessing a mentally ill or mentally disordered person.


Carers

Someone nominated by the consumer who has a close personal relationship with them and an interest in their welfare.


Clinicians

This Fact Sheet contains information to assist Clinicians in understanding their responsibilities under the Act.


Young People

Information in this fact sheet is designed to assist people under 18 years of age to understand the changes to the Mental Health Act.


Accredited Persons

A suitably qualified and experienced mental health practitioner, who is specifically empowered to write Schedule 1 certificates.

Mental Health Act 2007 Guide Book

Guide book

The Guide Book provides a clear and practical source of information about procedures and issues to be considered when implementing the Mental Health Act 2007. This Guide Book has been revised in 2016 to include the 2015 amendments to the Act.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs

Do you have any questions? Visit the FAQs relating to the Mental Health Act 2007 and the 2015 amendments to the Act. These questions were raised during face to face training sessions with staff working within NSW Health.

 

This website has been developed to assist those who are interested in the Mental Health Act 2007. This website and associated resources were produced by the New South Wales Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) on behalf of NSW Health.

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