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  1. Legal rights and responsibilities of adolescents and staff in Victorian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.

    Article - En anglais


    The aim of the paper is to clarify the legal rights of adolescent patients, guardians and staff in Victorian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

    Victorian CAMHS have now been'gazetted'and can admit patients on an involuntary basis under the amended Mental Health Act 1986 (MHA).

    The MHA applies equally to young people under the age of 18 years, which has raised some confusion about who has the right to consent to treatment.


    Staff of CAMHS inpatient units have recently posed questions to the Victorian chief psychiatrist.

    These have included clarification of when the MHA may be appropriately used for adolescents, what is the clinician's duty of care, how to assess young people's capacity to consent to treatment, how to manage some patient groups, and what is the role of the courts in treatment decisions.

    The author provides a view on each of these matters, based on recent literature and confirmed by legal opinion.


    Some matters of fact are presented and advice is provided.


    Services must seek the Informed consent of guardians and adolescents and, for those young people with major psychiatric disorders who require treatment and are unable to consent, the amended MHA provides clearer direction for the use of involuntary treatment. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble psychiatrique, Adolescent, Homme, Internement, Hospitalisation imposée, Victoria, Australie, Océanie, Législation, Attitude, Milieu familial, Santé mentale, Droits adolescent

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Mental disorder, Adolescent, Human, Mentally ill commitment, Forced hospitalization, Victoria, Australia, Oceania, Legislation, Attitude, Family environment, Mental health

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0160405

    Code Inist : 002B18H05C. Création : 21/05/1997.