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  • Recent amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007 came into effect on 31 August 2015.
  • The amendments include a recovery orientated approach designed to involve consumers in decisions about care and treatment.
  • The changes provide greater recognition of the role of carers and their involvement in care and treatment decisions.

Amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007 (‘the Act’) came into effect on 31 August 2015 as a result of the Mental Health Amendment (Statutory Review) Act 2014. This article summarises the principal changes to the Act.

The last major reform of the Act was in 2007, which introduced the notion of primary carers, provided flexibility in relation to Community Treatment Orders (CTOs), and, for the first time, articulated consumer’s rights under s 68, which provides for ‘principles for care and treatment’.

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