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MENTAL HEALTH ACT 2009 - SECT 51

51—Community visitors' functions and powers

        (1)         Community visitors have the following functions:

            (a)         to conduct visits to and inspections of treatment centres as required or authorised under this Division;

            (ab)         to conduct visits to and inspections of authorised community mental health facilities as required or authorised under this Division;

            (b)         to refer matters of concern relating to the organisation or delivery of mental health services in South Australia or the care, treatment or control of patients to the Minister, the Chief Psychiatrist or any other appropriate person or body;

            (c)         to act as advocates for patients to promote the proper resolution of issues relating to the care, treatment or control of patients, including issues raised by a guardian, medical agent, relative, carer or friend of a patient or any person who is providing support to a patient under this Act;

            (d)         any other functions assigned to community visitors by this Act or any other Act.

        (2)         The Principal Community Visitor has the following additional functions:

            (a)         to oversee and coordinate the performance of the community visitors' functions;

            (b)         to advise and assist other community visitors in the performance of their functions, including the reference of matters of concern to the Minister, the Chief Psychiatrist or any other appropriate person or body;

            (c)         to report to the Minister, as directed by the Minister, about the performance of the community visitors' functions;

            (d)         any other functions assigned to the Principal Community Visitor by this Act or any other Act.

        (3)         A community visitor will, for the purposes of this Division—

            (a)         have the authority to conduct inspections of the premises and operations of any hospital that is an incorporated hospital under the Health Care Act 2008 ; and

            (b)         be taken to be an inspector under Part 10 of the Health Care Act 2008 .



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