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Consent to treatment and applicable principles

    (1)     A person who is admitted to a treatment centre under a detention and treatment order must be provided treatment in accordance with this Act.

    (2)     Treatment provided to the person under this Act may be provided without the consent of the person.

    (3)     The following principles apply to the provision of treatment to the person and the preparation of a discharge plan for the person under this Act—

        (a)     voluntary treatment must be promoted in preference to detention and treatment wherever possible;

        (b)     the person must be given the best possible treatment based on best evidence;

        (c)     treatment must be provided in the least restrictive environment and least intrusive manner that will enable treatment to be effectively given and identified risks to be effectively managed;

        (d)     if the person has a coexisting medical condition or mental disorder, the person must be appropriately assessed and referred to relevant welfare, health, mental health or disability services, and treatment must be coordinated with services provided by those other service providers;

        (e)     the person must be involved in decisions about his or her treatment and discharge planning and must be given sufficient information and supported where necessary, to enable this to occur;

        (f)     the age-related, gender-related, religious, cultural, language, and other special needs of the person must be taken into consideration;

        (g)     the role of families and other persons who are significant in the life of the person must be considered and respected.

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