Rights

Rights


District inspectors nationwide
District Inspectors are appointed by the Ministry of Health under the 1992 Act to watch patient’s rights and ensure that the rights of the individual are respected and upheld.  Safeguarding the rights of people detained for compulsory psychiatric treatment.  The Role of the District Inspectors Final Report.
Guidelines for the Role and Function of District Inspectors appointed under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992.  I consider the key to the District Inspector role is building and maintaining positive and appropriate working relationships with patients, staff, and families of varying background and cultures.  These relationships, together with those with fellow District Inspectors, the Director and Deputy Director of Mental Health, review tribunal and local police and courts, form the basis of all of the work carried out by District Inspectors.  It is the attitude of District Inspectors, as well as their knowledge and skills, which helps ensure that the use of the legislation strikes the right balance between individual and community rights to freedom and to care appropriate to the needs of people suffering from mental disorder.
 These guidelines are not a comprehensive interpretation of the Act as it applies to District Inspectors.  If District Inspectors have concerns about the propriety of their actions they should seek guidance from the senior advisory District Inspector, or formal legal advice from the Ministry of Health via the Director of Mental Health.
 Karen O Poutasi (Dr) Director-General of Health District Inspectors Directory July 2012

Mental health compulsory assessment & treatment Atc 1992 (NZ)
(1992) is “an Act to define the circumstances in which and the conditions under which persons may be subjected to compulsory psychiatric assessment and treatment, to define the rights of such persons and to provide better protection for those rights.”
Making Complaints A Guide For Mental Health Service Users (NZ)
This guide can help you make a complaint about a service or treatment that you, a friend or family member have received for a mental health issue. It also explains what you can do if you are not happy about the way you are dealt with because you experience mental health issues. It outlines the complaints services available, the types of complaints they handle and how to contact them.

Links
Age Concern New Zealand (NZ) – Age Concern He Manaakitanga Kaumatua works for the rights and well-being of older people, koroua and kuia.  We inform and advocate, and provide services through a federation of Age Concern councils across New Zealand.  We are a not-for-profit charitable incorporated society.
Children’s Commissioner (NZ) – The Children’s Commissioner speaks out on behalf of all children and young people to ensure their rights are respected and upheld.
Health & Disability Commissioner (NZ) – The Health and Disability Commissioner is an independent agency set up to: promote and protect the rights of consumers who use health and disability services help resolve problems between consumers and providers of health and disability services.
Like Minds, Like Mine (NZ) – Like Minds, Like Mine is a public health funded project to reduce the stigma of mental illness and the discrimination that people with experience of mental illness face everyday in the community.  This website provides information and resources on the project, looks at who is involved and how you can contribute to creating a nation that values and includes people with mental illness.
Ministry Of Social Development (NZ) – If you have been maltreated or neglected while in the care of Child, Youth and Family, the Department of Social Welfare, or Child Welfare; the Ministry of Social Development wants to work with you to find resolution.  The Care, Claims and Resolution Team will discuss your case with you, explain your options, and let you know how we can help.
Youthlaw – Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki (NZ) – Youthlaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki is a community law centre for children and young people throughout Aotearoa / New Zealand.  The aim of this site is to provide access to information about how the law can help you to overcome issues that may be affecting you.  We hope that this site will encourage you to learn more about your rights.