Compulsory treatment

A person may receive compulsory treatment under the Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 if a mental health professional or an authorised psychiatrist (usually the consultant psychiatrist) believe specific criteria apply and there is not a less restrictive way for the person to receive treatment.

The video below gives a quick overview of compulsory treatment, the criteria and the different services available to support people that are on either an Assessment Order, a Temporary Treatment Order or a Treatment Order.

Independent Mental Health Advocacy has an online self-help tool available to help people to understand their rights and options when they are receiving compulsory treatment.  The self-help tool helps people to learn about their rights and find solutions to some of the most common issues in the mental health system.