Evidence based mental health law: The case for legislative change to allow earlier intervention in psychotic illness Hayes, R. en_US Nielssen, O. en_US Sullivan, D. en_US Large, M. en_US Bayliff, K. en_US 2021-11-25T13:08:14Z 2021-11-25T13:08:14Z 2007 en_US
dc.description.abstract Psychosis is a relatively common and severe mental disorder that results in impaired judgment and reasoning and is associated with an increased incidence of violence in the period before the initiation of treatment. Studies published since the Mental Health Act 1990 (New South Wales) was enacted have shown that the period before the emergence of acute symptoms (the prodrome) and first episode of illness carries a greatly increased risk of violence. It is also established that the longer-term prognosis is improved by early initiation of treatment. We believe the New South Wales Mental Health Act should be amended to reflect the scientific evidence of an increased risk of violence in the early stage of illness and the harm arising from delaying treatment. Emerging psychosis should be regarded as a medical emergency and the threshold for compulsory treatment for people in the early phase of psychotic illness should be lower. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1321-8719 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title Evidence based mental health law: The case for legislative change to allow earlier intervention in psychotic illness en_US
dc.type Journal Article en
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unsw.identifier.doiPublisher en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Medicine & Health
unsw.relation.ispartofissue 1 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofjournal Psychiatry, Psychology and Law en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 35-44 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofvolume 14 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Hayes, R. en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Nielssen, O., Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, UNSW en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Sullivan, D. en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Large, M. en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Bayliff, K. en_US School of Psychiatry *
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