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.

Presentation Resources - Leanne Craze

Workshop presentations delivered by Leanne Craze can be downloaded here

The Accredited Persons Handbook

The NSW Mental Health Act 2007 provides for the appointment of Accredited Persons to improve mental health care in emergency situations, particularly in areas where psychiatrists and experienced medical officers are not available at short notice.

The Accredited Persons Handbook provides a clear explanation of the legal and clinical framework within which Accredited Persons exercise their duties and responsibilities.

The Handbook was revised in 2017 to include amendments to Form 1 (Clinical Report as to Mental State of a Detained Person), effective as of 9 March 2017.

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Online Learning Now Available

Key Changes to the Mental Health Act 2007 is now available in My Health Learning. This online course provides training and practical application on key changes to the Mental Health Act 2007 for mental health professionals, service providers and other stakeholders across NSW.

To enrol, please visit: http://myhealthlearning.health.nsw.gov.au/

Please note this training module is available to staff within NSW Health only.

Urgent update

Please be advised there have been important amendments to Form 1 (Clinical Report as to Mental State of a Detained Person). This new form is effective as of 9 March 2017. Access the new form here

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/mentalhealth/Pages/legislation.aspx

In relation to this release, please note that minor updates to resources on this website (Guidebook and factsheets) will be made in coming days.

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.

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This website has been developed to assist those who are interested in the Mental Health Act 2007. This website and associated resources were originally produced by the NSW Institute of Psychiatry (NSWIOP) on behalf of NSW Health. As of January 2017 NSWIOP transitioned to become the Mental Health Portfolio of HETI.

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