Your rights if you are on a compulsory treatment order

Your rights if you are on a compulsory treatment order

When you are on a compulsory treatment order you have the right to be involved in all decisions about your assessment, treatment, and recovery.

Learn about your rights and options about the most common issues people face:

I want to speak up for my rights

Speaking up for your rights can be hard. Learn some ways that you can speak up.

I don't want compulsory treatment

You may find yourself receiving treatment when you don't want it. Learn more about what rights you have to appeal your order.

I want more say in my treatment

People often say that they feel they have no say in their treatment. Learn more about your rights and your treating team's responsibilities to involve you in decisions.

I want to make a complaint about my mental health service

You can make a complaint if you have concerns about your experiences at a mental health service. Learn more about your rights and how to make a complaint.

I want to change my treating team

Sometimes you may want to change your treating team. Learn more about your rights and how you can request a change.

I want leave from hospital

Even if you receive compulsory mental health treatment, you can have temporary leave from the hospital. Learn more about your rights and how you can request leave.

I want to feel safe getting treatment

Sometimes you can feel unsafe while you are receiving compulsory mental health treatment. Learn more about your rights and how you can talk to your treating team about safety.

I want to make an advance statement

You have the right to make an advance statement. Learn more about how to make an advance statement.

I want to nominate a person to support me

You have the right to nominate a person to support you if receive compulsory mental health treatment. Learn more about how to nominate someone to support you.

What is electroconvulsive treatment?

Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) can only be given under certain circumstances. Learn more about ECT and your rights.

What is the Mental Health Tribunal?

The Mental Health Tribunal is an independent body set up to make decisions about compulsory mental health treatment. Learn more about the Tribunal and your rights.

What is a statement of rights?

A statement of rights must be given to you when you are placed on a compulsory treatment order. Learn more about this process.

Get help from IMHA

If you are on a compulsory treatment order, our advocates can support you to have your say about your assessment, treatment and recovery. Learn how get help from IMHA.