Mental Health Act Second Opinion Reports


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.”