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Principal Care Provider

The amendments to the Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW) were assented to on the 28 November 2014 by way of the Mental Health Amendment (Statutory Review) Act 2014 (NSW). These changes are now in force. The Mental Health Act 2007 (NSW), now recognises a new category of persons, who are referred to as a ‘principal care providers’. A principal care provider is the individual who is primarily responsible for providing support and care to a person with mental illness. The principal care provider generally has the same rights to notice, to be consulted and to make requests as the ‘designated carer’ (formerly the ‘primary carer’). To read more see Chap 12D.