Members' Area
Annual Report 2014-15

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Do you have a complaint about Council or an Official Visitor?

Please click on the links below to access Council's internal 

Complaints Policy

Complaint Form

Code of Conduct

 

The Mental Health Advocacy Service took over the functions of the Council of Official Visitors on
30 November 2015.  Click here to  access the MHAS website. 

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY SERVICE

 Brochure - "Getting your Voice Heard"  

MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY SERVICE - RECRUITMENT

The period for applying for a Mental Health Advocate position has ended and no further applications will be considered. If you would like to know what has happened to your Application, please click on the link MHAS Recruitment Page

COUNCIL OF OFFICIAL VISITORS 

The Council of Official Visitors is an independent agency established by the Parliament of Western Australia. The Minister for Mental Health appoints members of the Council, known as Official Visitors.

Official Visitors are members of the general community who have an understanding of mental illness and the problems faced by those who are affected by it.

The Council is primarily there to ensure that:

  1. individuals are aware of their rights;
  2. these rights are being observed; and
  3. to investigate and seek to resolve complaints.

The Council is also responsible for inspecting authorised hospitals and licensed private psychiatric hostels to ensure that they are in a safe and suitable condition.


WHO CAN THE COUNCIL HELP?

The Council was established to assist 'affected persons' under the Mental Health Act 1996 which includes:

  1. individuals receiving treatment involuntarily or mentally impaired defendants in an authorised hospital;
  2. individuals on Community Treatment Orders; and
  3. individuals with a psychiatric disability who live in a licensed private psychiatric hostel or group home.

The Council is not able to assist voluntary patients/consumers. If the Council is unable to assist an individual he/she will be referred to an agency that can. Consumers or their concerned family members or friends may contact the Council to request assistance.