Approved Person under the Mental Health Act - Tasmania

Service summary

You will require this approval if you intend to act as an approved person under the Mental Health Act. An approved person includes medical practitioners, nurses and mental health officers.

Approval as a medical practitioner enables you to undertake activities such as determining whether to accept voluntary admissions to approved hospitals under the Act, determining whether patients should be admitted as involuntary patients, and approving or discharging orders.

To become an approved medical practitioner, you must either be:

  • a psychiatrist
  • a medical practitioner who is otherwise qualified or experienced in the diagnosis or treatment of mental illness.

To be approved as a nurse, a person must be a registered nurse who is qualified or experienced in the treatment or care of persons with mental illness.

To be approved as a mental health officer a person must have skills, qualifications or experience relevant to the responsibilities under the Act that relate to the person's approval.

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Please consult the Contact Officer for more information regarding eligibility requirements.

Duration

5 years.

Fees

 TypeDescription
ApplyApplication

No fees are required.

Forms

 Resources
Apply Approval as a Medical Practitioner - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window
Request Form: Approval as a Nurse on the Basis of Experience - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window
Request Form: Approval as a Mental Health Officer - PDF Opens a PDF in a new browser window

Application for Approved Person under the Mental Health Act - Please consult the Contact Officer for information on forms to be submitted.

Administering agency

Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Health and Statewide Services

Act(s) name

Mental Health Act 2013 (Tasmania)

Contact details

Enquiries
Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Health and Statewide Services


Mailing address:
GPO BOX 125
Hobart, Tasmania 7001

Phone:

1800 332 388

Phone:

03 6166 0766
mhact@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Supporting information

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