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ANZAPPL Victoria Annual Lecture 2021 - Professor Ian Freckelton

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The ANZAPPL Victoria Annual Lecture this year will be delivered by Professor Ian Freckelton AO QC

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Iteration, Incrementalism and the Use of Coercion in Mental Health Treatment: Priorities for Effective Mental Health Service Reform

Professor Freckelton will review the major recommendations of the 5 volume 2021 report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System which is in the process of being implemented in the form of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Bill 2022. He will outline the proposed new structures and fresh approaches to the delivery of mental health services in Victoria, identifying the key issues of controversy and the tensions within the reform process. He will explore the human rights underpinnings of the new legislation, reflecting on the counter-therapeutic effects of the use of coercion and the approaches most conducive to facilitating recovery from mental illness. He will identify key issues that arise in relation to the use of coercive powers in imposition of assessment, temporary treatment and treatment orders, as well as in relation to the use of isolation, seclusion and chemical, and bodily restraint. Ultimately he will argue that, while clarification of objectives of mental health legislation and structural and legislative improvements have a role to play in mental health service law reform, the key issue is how government can improve non-coercive, therapeutic provision of services for persons with mental illnesses and thereby enhance recovery trajectories.


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Email: vic@anzappl.org 
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