Mental Health Act 2007 No 8
Historical version for 14 May 2013 to 30 August 2015 (accessed 13 July 2020 at 03:12) Current version
68   Principles for care and treatment
It is the intention of Parliament that the following principles are, as far as practicable, to be given effect to with respect to the care and treatment of people with a mental illness or mental disorder:
(a)  people with a mental illness or mental disorder should receive the best possible care and treatment in the least restrictive environment enabling the care and treatment to be effectively given,
(b)  people with a mental illness or mental disorder should be provided with timely and high quality treatment and care in accordance with professionally accepted standards,
(c)  the provision of care and treatment should be designed to assist people with a mental illness or mental disorder, wherever possible, to live, work and participate in the community,
(d)  the prescription of medicine to a person with a mental illness or mental disorder should meet the health needs of the person and should be given only for therapeutic or diagnostic needs and not as a punishment or for the convenience of others,
(e)  people with a mental illness or mental disorder should be provided with appropriate information about treatment, treatment alternatives and the effects of treatment,
(f)  any restriction on the liberty of patients and other people with a mental illness or mental disorder and any interference with their rights, dignity and self-respect is to be kept to the minimum necessary in the circumstances,
(g)  the age-related, gender-related, religious, cultural, language and other special needs of people with a mental illness or mental disorder should be recognised,
(h)  every effort that is reasonably practicable should be made to involve persons with a mental illness or mental disorder in the development of treatment plans and plans for ongoing care,
(i)  people with a mental illness or mental disorder should be informed of their legal rights and other entitlements under this Act and all reasonable efforts should be made to ensure the information is given in the language, mode of communication or terms that they are most likely to understand,
(j)  the role of carers for people with a mental illness or mental disorder and their rights to be kept informed should be given effect.