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Title: The new Mental Health Act and the family doctor
Authors: Camilleri, Miriam
Keywords: Mental health policy -- Malta
Physicians (General practice) -- Malta
Issue Date: 2014-09
Publisher: Malta College of Family Doctors
Citation: Malta College of Family Doctors. 2014, Vol.3(2), p 22-24
Abstract: The new Mental Health Act (2012), is expected to enter fully into force in October 2014. This Act will completely replace the Mental Health Act which we have known and worked with over the last 30 years. Essentially this new Law will bring with it challenges and opportunities for all health care professionals involved in the care of persons with mental disorders. The new Mental Health Act follows the trend of modern legislation, which essentially adopts an individual human rights approach and places an emphasis on the protection of such rights in vulnerable groups in society, in this case persons with a mental disorder. The Act also mirrors the wider changes in knowledge, perception and attitudes towards mental diseases and mental health which have taken shape over the past decades. The new Mental Health Act provides the family doctor with a modern legislative framework which promotes the rights of the person with mental disorder whilst ensuring the required level of protection.
Appears in Collections:JMCFD, Volume 3, Issue 2
JMCFD, Volume 3, Issue 2

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