ECCV has made a submission to the Independent Review of Compulsory Treatment and Decision-Making Laws commissioned by the Victorian Department of Health.

ECCV fully support the aims of the Review for a reduction in the use of compulsory treatment so that it is no longer central to mental health treatment in Victoria, and for measures to support increased use of assisted decision-making.

We are particularly pleased that the Review acknowledges and will examine responses to reduce the disproportionate impact of compulsory treatment in culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

In its submission, ECCV advocates that a reduction in the use of compulsory treatment for mental health requires that a human rights and equity perspective to be taken.

We have therefore explained the importance of greater research and more publicly available data, increased accountability for clinicians making treatment orders, improved engagement and communications with culturally and linguistically diverse communities, and taking a trauma-informed approach to coercive mental health measures.

We look forward to supporting the government in implementing the recommendations contained in this submission.


This submission was prepared by James Houghton, ECCV Policy Officer.

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