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Mental Health Annual Report
The objectives of this report are to:
- Provide information about specific clinical activities that must be reported to the Director of Mental Health under the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (the Mental Health Act).
- Report on the activities of statutory officers under the Mental Health Act (such as district inspectors and the Mental Health Review Tribunal).
- Contribute to the improvement of standards of care and treatment for people with a mental illness through active monitoring of services against targets and performance indicators led by the Ministry of Health.
- Inform mental health service users, their families/whānau, service providers and members of the public about the role, function and activities of the Office of the Director of Mental Health and the Chief Advisor, Mental Health.
Structure of this report
This report is divided into three main sections. The first section (‘Context’) provides an overview of the legislative and service delivery contexts in which the Office operates. The second section (‘Activities for 2015’) describes the work carried out by the Office in 2015. The final section (‘Ensuring service quality’) provides statistical information, which covers the use of compulsion, seclusion, reportable deaths and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) during the reporting period.
Family/whānau Consultation and the Mental Health Act
In 1999, Parliament made an amendment to the Mental Health Act that required clinicians to consult family/whānau at particular junctures of a person’s compulsory assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act (section 7A). The new section requires a mental health service to consult unless it is deemed not reasonably practicable, or not in the interests of the person. Mental Health Annual Report 2015 Family Whānau Consultation