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A New Era for Mental Health Law and Policy Book Launch

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G08, Ground Floor, Melbourne Law School

185 Pelham Street

Carlton, VIC 3053

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Please join us in celebrating the release of Dr Piers Gooding’s new book, A New Era for Mental Health Law and Policy, launched by the Hon. Justice Kevin Bell.

Justice Kevin Bell AM was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 2005 after 20 years of practice as a barrister, 8 as Queens Counsel. His Honour has promoted equal access to justice and human rights throughout his career as a lawyer, beginning with pioneering work in establishing community legal centres in the late 1970s and 1980s. Justice Bell is the president of the Forensic Leave Panel at Victoria’s forensic psychiatric hospital. Early in 2017, his Honour was recognised as a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the law and the judiciary, native title and human rights and the community. In mid-2017, he graduated as Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Dr Gooding’s book is concerned with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which generated new ideas and standards in healthcare and disability law and policy. In the mental health context, the CRPD directs governments to ensure people with mental health-related disabilities are treated equally before the law, including ensuring people have access to the resources necessary to enjoy their rights. What it means to apply this directive in practice remains unclear. Further, current domestic laws that authorise involuntary psychiatric interventions stand at cross-purposes with the CRPD, which requires respect for the ‘will, preference and rights’ of persons with disabilities ‘on an equal basis with others’. This book explores the implications of the CRPD for law, policy and practice that responds to the complex issues raised by mental health impairment and disability. It argues that the support framework of the CRPD holds potential to address persistent shortcomings in mental health law and policy.

Light catering and drinks will be provided.

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