Statements of rights set out a person’s rights when they are receiving services from a mental health service provider.
A statement of rights must be given to the person at key points in their assessment and treatment.
It outlines the person’s right to:
- communicate lawfully
- apply to the Mental Health Tribunal at any time for a revocation of a compulsory treatment order
- make a decision about whether to give informed consent to electroconvulsive therapy
- choose a nominated person
- make a complaint to the Mental Health Commissioner
- be legally represented and supported by a carer, family member or friend at a hearing of the Mental Health Tribunal
- seek the assistance of the Independent Mental Health Advocacy (IMHA) service
- seek the assistance of community visitors.
There are different statements of rights for different types of treatment.