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QLD Mental Health Act 2016: Overview and implications for private practicing psychologists

Event number: 17525
2.5 CPD hours
Presenter(s): Dr Luke Hatzipetrou, Ms Bobbie Clugston

This seminar will provide an overview of the Mental Health Act 2016 that commenced March 2017 and important changes from the MHA 2000 that will be of interest to psychologists, particularly psychologists practicing outside of Queensland Health settings (especially private practice). The presenters will provide an overview of the development of the Act and of the intentions of the Act in providing a framework for providing mental health services to people who have, or may have, a diagnosed mental illness. A case study approach will be utilised to walk participants through scenarios that may arise in the community and their responsibilities under the Act.  

Learning Objectives

1.       Participants will gain knowledge of changes from MHA 2000 to MHA 2016

2.       Participants will have improved knowledge of the mechanisms of the Act in relation to consumer rights and clinician responsibilities

3.       Participants will gain knowledge of steps required to respond to a person who presents in the community requiring assessment under the MHA 2016

4.       Participants will gain knowledge of opportunities to provide services to the Mental Health Court


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About the presenter(s)

Dr Luke Hatzipetrou is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Brisbane, with expertise in assessment and intervention with individuals with intellectual impairment. He has experience preparing reports for the QLD Mental Health Court and across other forensic settings.

Ms Bobbie Clugston is Director, Office of Chief Psychiatrist, Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, QLD Health. Bobbie was instrumental in the development of the Mental Health Act 2016 and Chief Psychiatrist's Policies.


Upstairs in meeting area 6:15pm registration for 6:30pm start, 9pm close

Online registration


The Transcontinental Hotel
482 George St
Brisbane, QLD 4000
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 27/4/2017
End date: 27/4/2017
Time: 6.15pm - 9.00pm


APS member, MCFP member $20
APS student member, MCFP member $20
APS member: $30
APS student member: $20
Non APS member: $40


APS - College of Forensic Psychologists - QLD
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