The Mental Health Act 2009 provides South Australia with an improved legislative framework that sets out the rights of people with mental illness and assists with their recovery and participation in community life.
About the Mental Health Act 2009
The Mental Health Act 2009 was proclaimed on 1 July 2010 and it:
provides a legislative basis for mental health reform in SA
introduces significant changes in practice to bring services in line with national and international best practice
increases accountability through the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
strengthens consumer and carer involvement to improve outcomes for consumers and families
provides for high quality, safe and multidisciplinary care and treatment
balances interventions with safeguards.
Delegation of powers
The Chief Psychiatrist identified the need to delegate certain powers under the Mental HealthAct 2009 in order to improve efficiencies in consumer management and mental health service provision.
These proposed delegations of powers are provided for under the following sections of the Mental HealthAct 2009:
Section 91 – Delegation by Chief Psychiatrist
Section 100 – Delegation by Directors of Treatment Centres.
Delegation of powers under these sections may be absolute or conditional; does not derogate from the power of the delegator to act in a matter; and is revocable at will by the delegator.
Where delegations occur, the nominated individual will be required to identify themselves on the relevant approved forms.
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