Docs hit out at GPS for mentally ill

The state government wants to amend Queensland’s Mental Health Act to allow doctors to use tracking devices to monitor patients who are forcibly detained under a forensic order.

But mental health practitioners have slammed the idea, saying the risks to the patient far outweigh any benefits to them or the community.

Appearing before the parliament’s Health and Community Services Committee last week, forensic psychologist Rebekah Doley said patients already have to deal with stigma about mental illness, without being forced to wear the same device as violent and sexual offenders.