Last updated 7 December 2016 This chapter is currently under review.
Definition of Mental Illness
Mental Illness and the Law
Mental Illness, Involuntary Assessment and Treatment
Mentally Ill People and the Criminal Law
The Mental Health Court
The Mental Health Review Tribunal
Mental Illness, Legal Capacity, Property, Voting, Wills and Personal Matters
Mental illness is as much an illness as physical illness, and it affects many people in the community from all walks of life. Mental illness is diagnosed by psychiatrists who consider the patient’s mood, behaviour and appearance, description of symptoms, and the results of tests. Psychiatrists categorise symptoms to decide what description fits best.