The Mental Health Act 1974 (Act no. 2/1974) repealed and replaced the Mental Health Act of 1962. This act was repealed and replaced in 2000 by the Mental Health Act 2000 (Act no. 16/2000).
The Mental Health Act 1974 had the full title: 'An Act relating to the Treatment and Care of mentally ill persons and to their property and affairs; to amends the Prisons Act 1958 - 1969 in certain particulars and The Inebriates Institutions Acts 1896 to 1968 in a certain particular; and for connected purposes' (Act no. 2/1974).
The Mental Health Act 1974 was extensive in reach and covered multiple aspects of the lives of people with a mental illness and their treatment. This included regulations on involuntary admission to institutions, the role of police and health care professionals, the treatment of people with a mental illness found guilty of crime and the property of persons with a mental illness.
Sources used to compile this entry: Comparative table: Mental Health Act 1974 and Mental Health Act 2000, Queensland Health, http://www.health.wa.gov.au/mhareview/resources/documents/Qld_MHA_Comparative.pdf; Queensland Health, The road to recovery - a history of mental health services in Queensland 1859-2009, Queensland Government, 2013, https://www.health.qld.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0028/444583/qld-mh-history.pdf.
Prepared by: Elizabeth Daniels
Created: 23 December 2014, Last modified: 12 June 2018