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Mental Health Legislation: Understanding the Law, Client’s Rights and Privacy

This workshop is an introduction to health-related legislation for community workers. It will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to ensure you are managing your role within the boundaries of relevant health-related legislation in Aotearoa in order to protect the rights of those individuals affected.



This introductory workshop will develop your knowledge and understanding of relevant health-related legislation to protect your client’s rights. Aotearoa has several pieces of legislation that impact access to mental health services and influence the care and treatment provided by these services. You will explore the legislation in place to protect the rights of those accessing services and how those laws give power to the state in particular circumstances.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Gain a basic understanding of each piece of legislation in relation to its application in their work with others 

  • The Mental Health (CAT) Act 1992

  • The Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003 

  • The Privacy Act 1993 

  • Discrimination and Human Rights Acts 

  • In exploring those Acts you will develop your knowledge to ensure you are managing your individual role within the boundaries of this legislation

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

5. Challenging discrimination

6. Applying law, policy and standards

7. Maintaining professional and personal development 

Facilitated by Dr Chris Taua 

PhD, RN, BN, MN(Distinction), PGC(MH), CAdTch, FNZCMHN

Chris is a registered nurse by profession with a background in mental health. She has over 25 years' experience in health/disability sectors. Her education portfolio includes mental health, disability, ethics and boundaries, communication and de-escalation, collaborative note writing, and culturally safe practice. Her PhD explored the mental health inpatient experiences of people with intellectual disability and she continues to publish on this and other topics including cultural diversity/cultural safety. She is currently Director and primary Consultant for ‘Pumahara Consultants, Personal and Professional Development Specialists’ and holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer role with The University of Queensland as well as other teaching roles with Universities around New Zealand and Australia.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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