|Mental Health Act review||Name||Carer Recognition Act|
|QLD||Completed 2000. Minor amendment 2007 related to forensic patients and victims of crime||Mental Health Act 2000||Carer (Recognition) Act 2008 |
Carer Action Plan 2006–2010
|NSW||Review completed.||Mental Health Act 2007||Whole of Government Carer Action Plan, 2007–2012|
|ACT||Currently being reviewed.||Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Act 1994||No Act, principles included in Mental Health – Building A Strong Foundation: A Framework For Promoting Mental Health And Wellbeing In The ACT, 2009–2014.|
|VIC||Act reviewed 2009, new legislation being developed.||Mental Health Act 1986||Caring together – An action plan for carer involvement in Victorian public mental health services – 2006.|
|SA||New Act is due to be proclaimed on 1 July 2010 and will replace the Mental Health Act 1993 from midnight on 30 June 2010.||Mental Health Act 2009||Carers Recognition Act 2005 |
Whole of Government Carer Policy Implementation Plan 2006
|WA||Review ongoing.||Mental Health Act 1996||Carer Recognition Act 2004|
|TAS||Amended 2005.||Mental Health Act 1996||Mental health Consumer and Carer participation Framework 2006|
|NT||Review completed.||Mental Health and Related Services Act as in force 1 February 2010.||Carer Recognition Act 2006 |
Carers Guide 2009, to The Mental Health and Related Services Act (2006)
Some Mental Health Acts specifically define carers, however, provisions that allow for information to be shared with other people, or for treatment to be initiated, are drafted in ways that do not adequately define a process for identifying or defining a "carer." For example, these include the concept of an "allied person" (Queensland Mental Health Act 2000), or "a person assuming the responsibility" for the care of the patient (Western Australia Mental Health Act 1996). These provisions focus on notification of information, usually after an event such as an involuntary admission and do not say how carers will be identified in order to fulfil this provision of the legislation.
The Northern Territory's Mental Health and Related Services Act 2006, is somewhat different in that it addresses the issue of carers' rights in relation to information, admission, treatment and discharge of the patient. This legislation, is first in Australia to balance the rights of both carer and consumer.
The NSW Mental Health Act (2007) makes provisions for a primary carer to receive information. The primary carer is defined primarily according to their relationship with the consumer with the emphasis on family, however, the concept of that relationship being 'close and continuing' was introduced which was an important innovation.
The Queensland Mental Health Act 2000 does not specifically identify carers although involuntary patients are entitled to nominate an 'allied person'.
All legislation defines carers but none address the issue of identification.