State & territory jurisdictional reports: Activity relating to mental health reform prior to the implementation of the Fourth National Mental Health Plan

23. Review the mental health statement of rights and responsibilities

Page last updated: December 2010

Department of Health and Ageing

  • The Commonwealth will contribute to a review of the Mental Health Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to be overseen by the Safety and Quality Partnership Group. The review will involve a consultation process with stakeholders.

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

  • FaHCSIA have contributed to the review of the Statement through its membership of the Mental Health Standing Committee
  • The rights and responsibilities of people with mental illness, their carers and families are embedded in the principles of Targeted Community Care (mental health) Program.
  • A National Carers Recognition Framework that will include Commonwealth Carer Recognition Legislation is being developed. The legislation was introduced in 2010 and provides national acknowledgement of the commitment and dedication of carers.