Mental Health Act

The Queensland parliament passed the Mental Health Act 2016 on 18 February 2016.

What is the Mental Health Act 2016?

The Mental Health Act 2016 will replace the current Mental Health Act 2000 on 5 March 2017. The purpose of the Act is to provide mental health care in a way that:

  • safeguards the rights of consumers,
  • affects a person’s rights and liberties only to the extent necessary,
  • promotes consumer recovery.

For more information on how the Mental Health Act 2016 will affect consumers receiving care, download our consumer fact sheet.

For more information on how the Mental Health Act 2016 will affect service providers, download our service providers fact sheet or detailed brochure on how to contact our Independent Patient Rights Adviser.

More information on the Mental Health Act 2016 can be found on the Queensland Health website.

Independent Patient Rights Advisor

People being treated under the Mental Health Act 2016 will have the benefit of a new level of protection. An independent person will be employed by Children’s Health Queensland to work with young people and their family/ guardians. This person is called an Independent Patient Rights Advisor (IPRA). The IPRA makes sure consumer rights are upheld while they are involved with mental health services. The new IPRA will start at Children’s Health Queensland on 5 March 2017. The IPRA will be employed separately from the Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS). That way, the IPRA can provide advice and support independent of CYMHS. The IPRA can support young people and their families/guardians:

  • during a hospital admission, or
  • by providing advice about the Mental Health Review Tribunal and its work.

Young people and families can contact the IPRA, and/or they can ask to be referred through their treating CYMHS team (from 5 March 2017).

For more information on the role of the Independent Patient Rights Advisor, download our fact sheet.

For more information on your statement of rights, download our booklet.

Contact your local Child and Youth Mental Health Service community clinic if you have any further questions.