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Contextual issues in the implementation of mental health legislation
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-20, 12:01 authored by Vine, R, Fiona JuddFiona Judd
Mental Health services in Victoria, Australia have seen major reform over the past 30 years. Rights based mental health legislation and major structural changes supported a reduction in bed based services and the development of a strong community mental health sector from the mid 1990's. Community Treatment Orders were established in the Mental Health Act (1986) and widely used across the State. Reformed legislation in 2014 brought greater emphasis on supported decision making and recovery orientation. Funding for mental health services did not keep pace with significant population growth, with consequent reduction in bed availability and intensity of community based services. This paper considers the impact of funding and service availability on the intended policy and practice directions of mental health legislation with particular consideration of the impact on the utilisation of Community Treatment Orders.
Publication titleInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Department/SchoolMenzies Institute for Medical Research
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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