Mental health law reforms will undermine patient care, warns AMA Vic

The proposed criteria for treatment orders will see some patients slip through the cracks, it says
Dr Ajit Selvendra.

Patients with deteriorating mental health will slip through the cracks under legal changes proposed by the Victorian Government, the state’s branch of the AMA says.

Victoria’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Act is being redrafted so patients can only be placed under involuntary treatment orders in the case of “serious psychological distress”.