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Mental health

Community Legal Centres Queensland believes that all individuals with a mental illness should have access to treatment and should be able to enjoy a meaningful life in which they are able to participate equally in society.

Community Legal Centres Queensland supports the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with a Disability and the Principles for the Protection of Persons with Mental Illness and Improvement of Mental Health Care (“the Principles”) and all other human rights instruments applicable to persons with mental illness. 

Community Legal Centres Queensland advocates:

  • increased compliance with human rights obligations which ensure access to the best quality, least aversive treatment and support and the minimal use of involuntary treatment;
  • ensuring that potentially injurious or mentally harmful treatments, such as restraint, seclusion and electro-convulsive therapy, are used only as a last resort and then only used with appropriate oversight and approval, with review mechanisms in place;
  • access to advice and legal representation and advocacy in all relevant proceedings as required under the Principles;
  • appropriate and accountable court and tribunal systems;
  • transparent and accountable service delivery for people with a mental illness, as well as an independent complaints investigation body or section of the Health Quality and Complaints Commission, to ensure that any breach of the Mental Health Act 2000 (Qld) is properly addressed in a timely manner;
  • Improved access to information for persons with a mental illness regarding their diagnosis, treatment and recovery and supporting independent decision-making;
  • that appropriate policies and procedures are in place to ensure the safety for persons with a mental illness within places of detention or treatment; and
  • Recognition of the cultural, social and economic needs of people with a mental illness.

Listed below are a range of research papers, submissions, news articles and items of interest that provide additional information on this subject area.

Related webinars

Mental ill-health in the legal profession, and its ethical implications

Thursday, September 3, 2015
Studies consistently show high levels of mental ill-health in the legal profession, and this webinar examined the issue of mental ill-health and lawyers’ ethical duties. > more

Collaborative service delivery and mental health law

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Best practice in service delivery in a community legal centre environment requires careful collaboration between lawyers and caseworkers. > more

Identifying and assisting survivors of institutional child sexual abuse

Tuesday, June 25, 2019
A social worker by qualification and with more than 20 years’ experience working with vulnerable communities impacted by trauma in both Western Australia and Queensland, Amanda Whelan is co-le > more

From reacting to responding in a time of change: Fostering self-awareness and resilience

Thursday, June 11, 2020
During periods of rapid change and with the blurring of our home and work lives, it is critical that we are aware of the potential negative impact of stress and burnout. > more

Practicing healthy boundaries for relationships at home and work

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Boundaries are the dividing lines between us and others, symbolising where we end and someone else begins. > more

Human rights at the Mental Health Review Tribunal: Advising and assisting people under involuntary orders

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (HRA 2019) contains a number of rights relevant for clients experiencing mental health issues, particularly those who may be subject to involuntary tre > more