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Mental Health Bill 2014

The Mental Health Bill is currently being debated before Parliament and many of AMA Victoria’s recommendations in our 2010 submission to the Exposure Draft Mental Health Bill. 
The main improvements from the draft are that:

  • The Bill no longer has criminal penalties for doctors;
  • The Bill no longer includes prescriptive professional practice instructions – clinical decisions will be made by the doctor;
  • Doctors in training, HMOs and GPs can now undertake a range of functions that they could not (but nurses could) in the exposure draft.

AMA Victoria is hopeful that this Bill will pass Parliament.
On the 27th February AMA Victoria, in conjunction with the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, hosted an information evening with 

  • Ben Harris, Chief of Staff to the Minister for Mental Health, and
  • Emma Montgomery, Manager of the Legal and Policy Unit at the Department of Health.

The Question and Answer session from the evening is attached. 
If you would like more information on the Bill you can find additional resources here.

  • Mental Health Bill Q&A

    • Size: 88.9 kB
    • Type: pdf
    • Published: March 11, 2014


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