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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2016 - SECT 14

Meaning of capacity to consent to be treated

14 Meaning of capacity to consent to be treated

(1) A person has
"capacity" to consent to be treated if the person—
(a) is capable of understanding, in general terms—
(i) that the person has an illness, or symptoms of an illness, that affects the person’s mental health and wellbeing; and
(ii) the nature and purpose of the treatment for the illness; and
(iii) the benefits and risks of the treatment, and alternatives to the treatment; and
(iv) the consequences of not receiving the treatment; and
(b) is capable of making a decision about the treatment and communicating the decision in some way.
(2) A person may have
"capacity" to consent to be treated even though the person decides not to receive treatment.
(3) A person may be supported by another person in understanding the matters mentioned in subsection (1) (a) and making a decision about the treatment.
(4) This section does not affect the common law in relation to—
(a) the capacity of a minor to consent to be treated; or
(b) a parent of a minor consenting to treatment of the minor.



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