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Appointment as an Accredited Person for a Mental Health Facility - New South Wales


You will need this accreditation if you intend to examine mentally-ill patients for detention in a declared mental health facility. A declared mental health facility is a facility authorised under the Act to admit involuntary patients.

A person may only be detained in a declared mental health facility in limited circumstances, including:

  • on a mental health certificate given by a medical practitioner or accredited person
  • after an order for an examination and an examination or observation by a medical practitioner or accredited person.

Accredited persons are senior mental health practitioners with a minimum five years clinical experience in direct mental health consumer care.

Service type


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

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible, you must be a senior mental health practitioner with a minimum of 5 years clinical experience in direct mental heath consumer care.

Initial accreditation requires full participation in a two-day workshop and successful completion of an assessment task.

Every 3 years, Accredited Persons are required to attempt an online assessment.


3 years


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Other resources

Task Business Structure Resources
Comply All Accredited Person's Handbook - PDF (Opens in new window)

Act(s) name

Mental Health Act 2007 New South Wales

Regulation(s) name

Mental Health Regulation 2019 New South Wales

Administering agency

NSW Ministry of Health

Health System Strategy and Patient Experience

Mental Health Branch

Contact details

Contact Email, Phone and Address Details for this service in simple two column table format, header then data.