The Mental Health Act 2014 (MHA) gives the Chief Psychiatrist responsibility for overseeing the treatment and care of mental health patients throughout the State of Western Australia. The MHA details a range of functions that the Chief Psychiatrist is accountable for and gives a number of powers to assist the Chief Psychiatrist in accomplishing these statutory obligations.
These powers include, but are not limited to, the authority to review any decision of a psychiatrist about the provision of treatment to an involuntary or mentally impaired accused patient, to visit and inspect mental health services without notice, to interview psychiatric patients and staff and to receive relevant information from mental health services regarding the treatment or care that is being provided to mental health patients.
A comprehensive monitoring program has been established to ensure the Chief Psychiatrist meets the functions stipulated in the MHA. The areas covered by the Chief Psychiatrist’s monitoring and reporting program include:
- Notifiable Incidents
- Seclusion and Restraint
- Treatment reported to the Chief Psychiatrist
- Clinical Monitoring