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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2007 - SECT 4
(1) In this Act:
"accredited person" means a person accredited under section 136.
"ambulance officer" means a member of staff of the NSW Health Service who is
authorised by the Secretary to exercise functions of an ambulance officer
under this Act.
"assessable person" --see section 17.
"authorised medical officer" of a mental health facility means:
medical superintendent of the mental health facility, or
(b) a medical
officer, nominated by the medical superintendent for the purposes of this Act,
attached to the mental health facility concerned.
"community treatment order" means a community treatment order in force under
Part 3 of Chapter 3.
"correctional patient" has the same meaning as it has in the Mental Health
(Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 .
"Court" means the Supreme Court.
"declared mental health facility" means premises subject to an order in force
under section 109.
"Deputy President" means a person appointed as a Deputy President of the
"designated carer" --see section 71.
"determination of the Tribunal" includes an order, direction or decision of
"director of community treatment" --see section 50.
"exercise" a function includes perform a duty.
"forensic patient" has the same meaning as it has in the Mental Health
(Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 .
"function" includes a power, authority or duty.
"guardian" , in relation to the exercise of any function under this Act by the
guardian of a person under guardianship, means a guardian who is able to
exercise that function.
"involuntary patient" means:
(a) a person who is ordered to be detained as an
involuntary patient after a mental health inquiry or otherwise by the
(b) a forensic patient who is re-classified as an
involuntary patient under section 53 of the Mental Health (Forensic
Provisions) Act 1990 , or
(c) a correctional patient who is re-classified as
an involuntary patient under section 65 of the Mental Health (Forensic
Provisions) Act 1990 .
"medical superintendent" :
(a) of a declared mental health facility, means the
medical practitioner appointed, under section 111, as medical superintendent
of the facility, or
(b) of a private mental health facility, means the
medical practitioner appointed, under section 124, as medical superintendent
of the facility.
"mental health certificate" --see section 17.
"mental health facility" means a declared mental health facility or a
private mental health facility.
"mental health inquiry" means an inquiry conducted by the Tribunal under
Division 3 of Part 2 of Chapter 3.
"mental illness" means a condition that seriously impairs, either temporarily
or permanently, the mental functioning of a person and is characterised by the
presence in the person of any one or more of the following symptoms:
(c) serious disorder of thought form,
severe disturbance of mood,
(e) sustained or repeated irrational behaviour
indicating the presence of any one or more of the symptoms referred to in
"mentally disordered person" --see section 15.
"mentally ill person" --see section 14.
"parent" , of a child, means any person having parental responsibility (within
the meaning of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 )
for the child.
"patient" means a person who is admitted to a mental health facility in
accordance with this Act and who is in the facility following the person's
admission, and includes a person so admitted while absent from the facility
either with or without leave of absence.
"person under guardianship" means a person under guardianship within the
meaning of the Guardianship Act 1987 .
"premises" includes any land, building and part of any building.
"President" means the President of the Tribunal.
"principal care provider" --see section 72A.
"private mental health facility" means premises subject to a licence under
Division 2 of Part 2 of Chapter 5.
"Secretary" means the Secretary of the Ministry of Health.
(a) the person to whom a person is legally married (including
the husband or wife of a person), or
(b) a de facto partner, but where more
than one person would qualify as a spouse, means only the last person to so
Note : "De facto partner" is defined in section 21C of the Interpretation Act
"surgical operation" --see section 98.
"Tribunal" means the Mental Health Review Tribunal constituted under Chapter
"voluntary patient" means:
(a) a person who has been admitted to a
mental health facility under Chapter 2, or
(b) a person who has been
re-classified as a voluntary patient under this Act.
Note : The
Interpretation Act 1987 contains definitions and other provisions that affect
the interpretation and application of this Act.
(2) Notes included in this
Act (other than in Schedule 1) do not form part of this Act.
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