I would like to welcome you to the Review’s website. The purpose of this website is to provide interested people with access to information regarding the progress of the Review.

The purpose of this review is consider the operations and effectiveness of the Mental Health Act (1996) and the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Defendants) Act (1996) and make recommendations as to alterations in the legislation. The Minister for Health and the Attorney General have commissioned me, as the Chairperson, to conduct this review. The Review was officially launched in July 2002 and is anticipated to conclude in October 2003.

I believe it is important to encourage everyone to be as informed as possible about this Review. Both Acts are important pieces of legislation, which affect the lives of many people in our community.

On this website you will find the Review’s Terms of Reference, minutes of meetings, newsletters, copies of legislation, a range of resource documents and links to other sites. In the future other documents will also be posted.

I would encourage you to provide us with feedback regarding the Review and this website. You can contact the Review Office at ReviewofMHA@health.wa.gov.au or on 9222 5440. Country Callers can call 1800 222 775.

Professor C. D’Arcy J. Holman

November 2002


Government of Western Australia