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  • All of Victoria’s health laws apply to you as a person with mental illness, meaning your rights and privacy are protected.
  • The Mental Health Act is the law that governs compulsory mental treatment in Victoria.
  • If you need compulsory treatment, you must receive a statement of rights from your mental health service.
  • Compulsory assessment and treatment can only occur if you are on an order made by a doctor, mental health practitioner, psychiatrist or the Mental Health Tribunal.
  • Call the Mental Health Legal Centre on (03) 9629 4422 or 1800 555 887 if you need legal advice.
  • If you feel like any of your patient rights have been ignored during treatment, you can give feedback to the service or make a complaint.

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Reviewed on: 18-09-2015