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Consultation call on compulsory drug treatment

Date posted: 15 August 2016

Western Australian (WA) Mental Health Minister, the Hon Andrea Mitchell MLA, has announced the first step in the process of drafting legislation to introduce compulsory alcohol and drug treatment in WA. The Minister said that a community advisory group would be established to engage with the WA community and that the public were invited to nominate for membership. The group is set to include seven to ten community members who have experienced their own alcohol or drug use problems, or have been affected by someone else's use, and can make a contribution based on those experiences.

The group will include consumers, Aboriginal people and people living in regional areas, to represent a broad range of experience.

'The group will play a key role in consulting widely with a network of consumers, families and community members to develop an appropriate model of service and supporting legislation,' the Minister said. 'For most people, voluntary treatment either within the community or in voluntary residential care is appropriate, however for a small number of people, compulsory treatment may provide a better opportunity for assessment and effective treatment'.

The Minister said that the Mental Health Commission had reviewed compulsory treatment models in New South Wales, Victoria, Northern Territory and New Zealand as case studies.

The commission will consult with key stakeholders and is expected to release an Exposure Draft Bill for community consultation before the end of the year.

To apply for the advisory group, please see the information below. Please note that applications close 22 August 2016.

Source: Government of Western Australia Media Statements

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Last updated: 15 August 2016
 
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