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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 1990 - SECT 6

Objectives of the Department

6 Objectives of the Department

(1) The objectives of the Department of Health under this Act in relation to mental health services are to establish, develop, promote, assist and encourage mental health services which:
(a) develop, as far as practicable, standards and conditions of care and treatment for persons who are mentally ill or mentally disordered which are in all possible respects at least as beneficial as those provided for persons suffering from other forms of illness, and
(b) take into account the various religious, cultural and language needs of those persons, and
(c) are comprehensive and accessible, and
(d) permit appropriate intervention at an early stage of mental illness, and
(e) support the patient in the community and liaise with other providers of community services.
(2) It is also an objective of the Department of Health under this Act to ensure that patients and other persons who are mentally ill or mentally disordered are, in accordance with this Act, informed of their legal rights and other entitlements under this Act and, in so doing, to make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the relevant provisions of this Act are explained to those persons in the language, mode of communication or terms that they are most likely to understand.



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