Victorian judgment said patients’ human rights had been undermined

A court in Victoria has strengthened protections for mental health patients fighting forced electroconvulsive shock therapy, ruling that treatment orders cannot undermine a person’s human rights.

The court upheld an appeal brought by Victoria Legal Aid against two decisions in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Vcat) and the Mental Health Tribunal that two patients who had been diagnosed with schizophrenia be subject to a course of ECT against their will.

Related: Patients challenge order to undergo electroconvulsive treatment

Related: What is ECT and how does it work?

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17 November 2018