Statements of rights are documents that set out a person’s rights under the Mental Health Act 2014
while being assessed or receiving treatment for mental illness and the
process by which the person will be assessed or receive treatment.
Statements of rights
A statement of rights must be provided to a person at key points during their assessment and treatment.
Statements of rights set out a person’s rights when receiving mental health services from a mental health service provider.
A statement of rights includes information about patients’ right to:
An authorised psychiatrist
or psychiatrist must ensure that a person is also given an oral
explanation of their rights under the Act and answer any questions the
person may have as clearly and completely as possible.
If a person is unable to understand the information contained in
the statement of rights or the oral explanation when it is provided,
reasonable attempts must be made to provide the information or
explanation at a time when the person is able to understand the
information or explanation.
People must be given a statement of rights when an Assessment
Order, Court Assessment Order, Temporary Treatment Order or Treatment
Order is made or varied. They should also be given to security and forensic patients.
A number of other people must also be given a copy of the statement of rights. This includes a nominated person, a guardian, a carer if the decision will directly affect the carer and the care relationship, a parent of a person aged under 16 or the Secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services if the person is on a family reunification order or care by Secretary order.
A person must also receive the relevant statement of rights when providing informed consent to treatment including electroconvulsive treatment and neurosurgery for mental illness.
Ten statement of rights have been developed and are available as downloads.