The Mental Health Act 2016 (Act) provides a legislative framework for the treatment and care of people with mental illness. As part of the Act, Independent Patient Rights Adviser (IPRA) roles have been created across Queensland Hospital and Health Services, including Wide Bay.
IPRAs are independent of mental health services and aim to ensure a patient’s views, wishes and preferences are considered and that the patients are aware if their rights under the Queensland Mental Health Act 2016 (the Act).
Why are Independent Patient Rights Advisers important?
IPRAs play a very important role in liaising between patients, family, carers, support people and clinical teams.
IPRAs help patients, their families, carers and other support people to know more about their rights under the Act. Understanding these Rights can help patients to be more involved in decision making about their treatment and care.
IPRAs provide safe and quality services and operate within a climate of mutual respect of all stakeholders.
How do Independent Patient Rights Advisers operate?
An IPRA performing the role must act independently and impartial. The functions of IPRA under part 5, section 294 of the Mental Health Act 2016 are to:
IPRAs are not subject to direction or control by any persons in relation to advice given, or help provided, to a patient or a patient’s nominated support persons, family, carers or other support persons.
Independent Patient Rights Adviser
Last updated: 27 October 2020