The Mental Health Act 2014 (Act) aims to help consumers make or participate in decisions about their treatment. It also recognises the role that can be played by family, carers, friends or other significant people in a consumer's life. ; If a consumer becomes unwell and needs to be treated as a compulsory patient , the Act provides them with different ways to say what treatment they would like and make or participate in decisions about their treatment. ; This includes making an Advance Statement , getting a second psychiatric opinion or seeking support from their carer. This brochure gives information about how a carer and a new role (a 'Nominated Person') can help a consumer to make or participate in decisions if they are a compulsory patient. It also gives carers information about when and how they will be contacted about the treatment of the person they care for.


Publication Type
Research and reports
Date Published
14 Jan 2015
6 pages
Update Frequency
Available format
Department of Health & Human Services