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Systems Advocacy Official Visitors Mental Health Official Visitors are independent of the ACT Health Directorate and are appointed directly by the ACT Attorney-General. Their role is to assess inpatient mental health facilities in the ACT to make sure the best possible care is provided. Official Visitors visit the MHSSU each month. They also visit when requested or to follow up complaints or concerns. Official Visitors provide recommendations on their findings to the MHSSU, the Public Advocate and the Minister for Health. You can use the patient phone to contact them on (02) 6205 5045. ACT Mental Health Consumer Network ACT Mental Health Consumer Network (ACTMHCN) is an independent consumer-led organisation advocating for the interests of people with mental illness living in the ACT. ACTMHCN does not provide individual advocacy, but trains and supports people to engage in systemic advocacy. This improves mental health services based on the individual and collective experience of people with mental health issues. You can use the patient phone to contact ACTMHCN on (02) 6230 5796.
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14 | Welcome to the Mental Health Short Stay Unit LEGAL INFORMATION Legal Aid ACT Legal Aid ACT provides a number of free services for people accessing mental health services in the ACT. People who have been detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act 2015 can be advised and assisted by a legal aid duty lawyer at the hospital. Legal Aid ACT can also assist people with applying for a grant of legal assistance if they need ongoing legal assistance or representation with various legal matters including criminal, family, guardianship, debt or other legal matters. You can use the patient phone to call the Legal Aid ACT Helpline on 1300 654 314 (8:30am – 5.00pm) weekdays. Mental Health Act 2015 The Mental Health Act 2015 is the legislation that relates to the treatment, care, support, rehabilitation and protection of people with a mental disorder or mental illness in the ACT. People with a mental illness or mental disorder must be treated in a manner that is least restrictive of their human rights. This means that a person will only be required to receive treatment in hospital when there are concerns for their safety or the safety of others. The Mental Health Act 2015 aims to protect the rights of people while making sure they have access to high quality and appropriate care. Please ask us if you would like a copy of the Mental Health Act 2015. Decision Making Capacity: Under the Mental Health Act 2015 you have capacity to make a decision about your treatment, care or support for a mental disorder or mental illness (decision making capacity) if you can do all of the following (with assistance if needed): Understand when a decision needs to be made about your treatment, care or support; Understand the facts of the decision; Understand the main choices available to you in relation to the decision; Weigh up the consequences of the main choices; Understand how the consequences affect you; Make the decision based on the above information; and Communicate the decision in whatever way you can.
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