Welcome to the survey
On 1 March 2016, the ACT’s new Mental Health Act 2015 came into effect, giving those in the ACT living with a mental illness, and their carers and family members, greater opportunity to contribute to decisions on their treatment, care and support. Drafted and introduced following considerable stakeholder and public consultation, the Act seeks to create a fresh approach to service delivery and brings the ACT’s mental health legislation into line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with a Disability and the ACT Human Rights Act.

The implementation of the new Act is now being evaluated. Mandated by the Act itself, this three year-long evaluation is reviewing the effects of the Act’s implementation on the care experienced by people with mental illness or mental disorder and their families and carers under the Act. It is also reviewing effects on the culture and delivery of mental health services by the Health Directorate.

What we want to hear about
This survey seeks your opinion about two things:
1.  The extension of the further period of emergency detention from a maximum of seven days to eleven days.
2.  The implementation so far of the new Act.