HPDO: Mental Health Act – Implementation and Reviews

Posted on March 3, 2017

This year we have significant opportunities to improve the provision of clinical and scientific services to patients, your working conditions and the recognition of your professions.

New Mental Health Act

Yesterday representatives from the QNU and I met with the Chief Psychiatrist about the new Mental Health Act and the Public Health Act and some of the changes that will impact on HPs who work in mental health.

The new Act takes effect from midnight on Sunday 5 March and there is a large amount of information on the Queensland Health website.

The Chief Psychiatrist was also able to clarify a range of matters relating to seclusion, restraint and searches of patients under both of these acts and the related offence provisions.

Some members had raised issues recently about local policies that were being released without briefing for staff. If you have any questions or concerns about local procedures get in touch with us here – health@together.org.au.

See more from that meeting here.

Current reviews

There is a range of opportunities to be involved right now. Please click through to more information:

Send any comments, concerns and questions to health@together.org.au.

PS: I hope you saw the email from Alex yesterday with the latest information about your collective agreement and back pay. If you missed it, you can read it here. 

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