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Voluntary & involuntary hospitalisation
- As a voluntary patient, you are admitted into hospital freely. You are able to leave hospital at any time you want to.
- An involuntary patient is a person who has been assessed by a psychiatrist and put on a compulsory treatment order. There are many ways to get support in relation to involuntary treatment, as well as knowing your rights or the rights of the person you support.
Resources to assist in further understanding voluntary and involuntary treatment can be found:
- Legal Aid Victoria
- Going to a Mental Health Tribunal hearing
- Department of Health Victoria – Compulsory Treatment
- Department of Health Victoria – Mental Health Act 2014
- Sane Australia – Involuntary Treatment
By phoning the triage phone number 1300 094 187, our team can work with you to determine which service may be appropriate or suitable.
Last Modified: Tuesday, 29 November 2022