Call to overhaul mental health scheduling laws

Mental health laws need to be amended to allow doctors to take account of the danger mentally ill patients present to their families and friends when deciding whether to schedule them or not, a coroner says.

On Friday, NSW Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon called for the Mental Halth Act to be overhauled to take account of the protection of others from "serious emotional harm". 

The Coroner was summing up in the case of Antony Waterlow who killed his father and sister in a frenzied attack at a family dinner in Randwick in November 2009.