Mental Health Legislation: Understanding the Law, Client’s Rights and Privacy

This workshop will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to ensure you are managing your role within the boundaries of relevant health related legislation in Aotearoa/New Zealand in order to protect the rights of those individuals affected. There are several pieces of legislation that impact on people accessing mental health services and influencing the care and treatment provided by these services. Much of this legislation protects the rights of those accessing the services while some of it gives power to the state to remove certain rights in particular circumstances.

Overview

  • The Mental Health (CAT) Act 1992

  • Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003

  • The Privacy Act 1993

  • Discrimination and Human Rights

Participants will

  • Be able to explain the intention and function of each piece of legislation

  • Gain a basic understanding of each piece of legislation in relation to its application in their work with others

  • Gain knowledge to ensure you are managing your role within the boundaries of this legislation