Mental Health Act 2016 Evaluation
The Mental Health Act 2016 commenced on 5 March 2017 following a 12 month implementation project.
The evaluation of the Mental Health Act 2016 will consider how the objectives and principles of the new legislation have been applied, and whether key changes to the legislative scheme have been implemented effectively. The key questions for the evaluation are as follows:
- Were the change management processes associated with implementation effective, particularly for the Hospital and Health Services readiness for commencement?
- Have patient rights and less restrictive practices been improved through implementation of the new Act, including through increased use of alternatives to involuntary treatment such as through advance health directives and substitute decision making?
- Have enhancements within the Court processes resulted in the appropriate support for individuals with mental illness or intellectual disability involved in the criminal justice system?
The Interdepartmental Steering Committee that oversaw the implementation of the Act has transitioned to provide oversight of the evaluation. The evaluation measures will be assessed through reporting of data and stakeholder feedback.