MHCC Mental Health Rights Manual

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Disclaimer and currency

While every effort has been made to ensure the information in this Manual is as up to date and as accurate as possible, the law, and the policy and practice affecting mental health and human services is a complex and changing environment. Readers are advised to seek expert advice when faced with specific problems. This Manual is intended as a guide to the law, policy and service system structure and should not be used as a substitute for legal, medical or other relevant advice.

The information contained within the Manual is correct as at 30 January 2015. Later dates indicate an update has occurred in a section, for example those sections that include amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) now in force are dated 31 August 2015.

The Mental Health Coordinating Council takes no responsibility for the accuracy of the contents of this Manual or any action taken based on the contents of this Manual.


  • The legal and other information contained in this Section is up to date to 31 August 2015
  • This Manual only refers to the law and practices applying to the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) - unless it states otherwise.
  • MHCC does not guarantee the accuracy nor is responsible for the content or the currency of the content of external documents and websites linked to this Manual.