Time to rethink mental health laws for treatment without consent
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Author: Bernadette McSherry
There is a growing recognition of mental illness and its impact on the community. With the intensification of medical, social, policy and media focus on people suffering from mental illness, mental health law has emerged as an important field of inquiry.
With the newly established Centre for the Advancement of Law and Mental Health, Monash University is taking the lead in this important field.
The centre is undertaking pioneering research into current mental healthcare and legal systems and opportunities for reform. More specifically, our researchers are examining Australia's state and federal mental health laws relating to involuntary detention and sentencing of mentally ill offenders.