Mental Health Act Second Opinion Reports

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The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 provides compulsory patients with the option to challenge their status within the Family Court Jurisdiction. As part of that process, a patient may obtain a second opinion from a psychiatrist. Some patients may prefer to obtain this opinion from a private psychiatrist.

Section 69 of the Act states “ Every patient is entitled to seek a consultation with a psychiatrist of his or her own choice in order to get a second opinion, and, if the psychiatrist agrees to the consultation, he or she shall be permitted access to the patient upon request.”

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