MHCN is excited to share this video presentation by Anina Johnson, the Deputy President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) on the revised Forensic Provisions Act (The Mental Health and Cognitive Impairment Forensic Provisions Act 2020).
Anina’s presentation provides excellent information on what the changes mean for the mental health and cognitively impaired patients and their families and carers; and touches on families and carers engagement with the MHRT.
In her explanation, Anina describes the two types of forensic patients – people who are found to have committed the act but raise as a defense they were not criminally responsible due to their illness, and people who don’t raise their mental illness as a defense and are given a ‘limiting term’ – as well as the different (at times non-linear) stages of the forensic pathway.
The presentation also touches on the important issue of confidentiality of forensic patients, including the amount of information that can be disclosed to, and published in media about forensic patients.
We thank Anina for her informative presentation, which was recorded at the Forensic & Correctional Carers Network Event hosted by MHCN with the Justice Health Family and Carer program’s Erika Ballance on June 28, 2021.
If you would like further information about this group, please contact Prasheela Karan, Mental Health Carer Network Development Officer, via Prasheela.Karan@mentalhealthcarersnsw.org