If you are a medical officer and you intend to perform a surgical operation on an involuntary patient that suffers from a mental illness, you must apply for this consent. An involuntary patient means:
- A person who is ordered to be detained as an involuntary patient after a mental health injury or other similar issue;
- A correctional patient who has been transferred from a correctional centre to a mental health facility while service a sentence of imprisonment; or
- A forensic patient who is detained in a mental health facility, correctional centre or similar place, or released from custody (subject to conditions).
You will require the consent of the patients designated carer to perform the operation. A surgical operation means a surgical procedure, a series of related surgical operations or surgical procedures, and the administration of an anaesthetic for the purpose of medical investigation.
Please consult the Contact Officer for more information.