Duly Authorised Officer's practices under mental health law in New Zealand: Are nurses meeting the requirements of the law?

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dc.contributor.author McKenna, Brian en
dc.contributor.author Thom, Katey en
dc.contributor.author O'Brien, Anthony en
dc.contributor.author Crene, S en
dc.contributor.author Simpson, Alexander en
dc.date.accessioned 2012-03-06T19:33:47Z en
dc.date.issued 2009 en
dc.identifier.citation Int J Ment Health Nurs 18(4):231-238 Aug 2009 en
dc.identifier.issn 1445-8330 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/13085 en
dc.description.abstract The Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act (1992) introduced a number of statutory roles that are undertaken by mental health nurses. One of these roles is that of Duly Authorized Officer (DAO). The DAO is responsible for the procedural requirements necessary to facilitate compulsory assessment. Under Section 9(2)(d), the DAO is required to ensure that the purpose of the assessment and the requirements of the notice of assessment are explained to the person in the presence of a member of their family, a caregiver, or other person concerned with the welfare of the person. Three recent High Court decisions under the Habeas Corpus Act 2001 have challenged existing DAO practices in arranging the presence of a third party. This paper presents research, which focuses on unravelling some of the complexities associated with meeting this procedural requirement. It illustrates these complexities through a discussion of the results of an audit of files and three focus groups with mental health nurses who practise as DAO. The paper concludes that national guidelines for practice need to be developed for DAO to assist mental health nurses in meeting this statutory requirement. en
dc.publisher Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries International Journal of Mental Health Nursing en
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dc.title Duly Authorised Officer's practices under mental health law in New Zealand: Are nurses meeting the requirements of the law? en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2009.00619.x en
pubs.issue 4 en
pubs.begin-page 231 en
pubs.volume 18 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: Australian College of Mental Health Nurses Inc. en
dc.identifier.pmid 19594643 en
pubs.end-page 238 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 89734 en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2010-09-01 en
pubs.dimensions-id 19594643 en

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