Community Treatment Orders in Victoria: a clinico-ethical perspective.

Research paper by Gunvant G Patel

Indexed on: 09 Jul '08Published on: 09 Jul '08Published in: Australasian Psychiatry


The aim of this paper is to outline the impact of Community Treatment Orders over a 20-year period on service delivery and clinical practice in Victoria.Community Treatment Orders, as utilized in Victoria, have undermined optimal service delivery and supported paternalistic, reductionistic clinical practice. The psychiatric profession has failed to advocate adequately for better mental health resourcing and human rights protection of those subject to Community Treatment Orders.