Primary carers and designated carers
The term ‘primary carer’ in the Act has been changed and is now known as a ‘Designated Carer’ (s71). Any primary carer nominations that were current as at 31 August 2015 remain in force, although they are known from that date as designated carer nominations.
Principal care providers
A new type of Carer has been added to the Act, the Principal Care Provider (s72A). The Principal Care Provider is the person who is primarily responsible for providing day to day support and/or care but is not wholly or substantially paid on a commercial basis (s72A(1)).
Designated Carers’ and ‘Principle Care Providers’ Rights
As a result of changes to the 2007 Mental Health ACT, applicable for 31st August 2015, Designated Carers and Principle Care Providers have the right to be advised:
- By the treating physician about events impacting on the consumer detained in a mental health unit.
- If the consumer stays away from the mental health unit without permission.
- If the consumer is re-classified or admitted as a voluntary patient
- If consideration for a Community Treatment Order or application is being made
- If a Community Treatment Order is varied or application is being considered
- To know the person for whom they care is being admitted to a Mental Health Unit.
- Regarding the types and dosage of medication being administered to the consumer.
- To have an Official Visitor visit. (Official Visitors Program aims to safeguard and advocate for both Carers’ and Consumer rights, regarding standards of treatment and care)
- To appeal to the Mental Health Tribunal against the refusal to discharge the consumer
Click the following to view MHCN’s Carer Information brochures regarding Carer Rights.
Click the following links to view the relevant forms for Nomination of Principle Care Providers and Designated Carers, which are downloadable and can be printed.
For more information regarding Carer Rights, please all MHCN on 02 9332 0777.