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Australas Psychiatry. 2018 Jun;26(3):299-302. doi: 10.1177/1039856218758543. Epub 2018 Feb 20.

Community treatment orders: towards a new research agenda.

Author information

1
Associate Professor, Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Centre for Mental Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, and; Principal Research Fellow, Research, Development and Advocacy, Mind Australia, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia.
2
Consumer Academic, Monash University, Southern Synergy, Dandenong Hospital, Dandenong, VIC, Australia.
3
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Melbourne Law School, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
4
Foundation Director, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, and; Adjunct Professor of Law, Melbourne Law School and Adjunct Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia.
5
Former Research Assistant, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
6
Psychiatrist, Mental Health Tribunal, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
7
Associate Professor (Adjunct), Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science, CFBS, Swinburne University, Hawthorn, VIC, Australia.
8
Lecturer, Sydney Law School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
9
Engagement Officer, Tandem, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
10
Founder, Partnership Solutions, Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
11
Executive Officer, Mental Health Commission of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
12
Professor of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, Princess Alexandra Hospital Southside Clinical Unit, University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD, Australia.
13
Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders Human Behaviour and Health Research Unit, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia.
14
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia.
15
Legal Research Officer, Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
16
Consultant Psychiatrist, Forensicare, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
17
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Sydney Medical School and Sydney Health Ethics, University of Sydney, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, NSW, Australia.
18
Senior Education and Engagement Officer, Mental Health Complaints Commissioner, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
19
Senior Advisor Lived Experience, Mind Australia, Heidelberg, VIC, Australia.
20
Research Assistant, Graduate School of Education, Melbourne Social Equity Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.
21
Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Mental Awareness Council, Brunswick, VIC, Australia.
22
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Business and Law, RMIT University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to report on a half-day multi-stakeholder symposium on community treatment orders (CTOs) hosted by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI), which identified research gaps and opportunities, and produced an agreed agenda for future CTO research.

METHODS:

The MSEI convened a symposium for 22 experts in CTO research to discuss research priorities in this field in Australasia. An independent moderator elicited views and recommendations and produced a report detailing possible research projects.

RESULTS:

Research on CTOs is contentious and there is a need to gather and examine information regarding both their use and utility. Due to the complexities involved, it was agreed that research should be undertaken in partnership with persons with had lived experience of mental health problems, clinicians, policymakers and other interdisciplinary stakeholders. Five key areas for future investigation were identified.

CONCLUSIONS:

The issues and recommendations arising from the symposium should shape the scope, nature and conduct of future research directions in the field.

KEYWORDS:

civil commitment laws; community treatment orders; compulsory treatment; human rights; mental health legislation

PMID:
29463100
DOI:
10.1177/1039856218758543
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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