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    A study of laws governing compulsory psychiatric treatment, particularly committal under the Mental Health Act and relations between the mental health and criminal justice systems.

    Areas covered include: legal definitions of 'mental disorder'; standards governing compulsory psychiatric assessment, detention and treatment; mental disorder and violence; review procedures; the disposition of mentally disordered offenders; confidentiality and access to psychiatric records.

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    Paper title Law and Psychiatry
    Subject Law
    EFTS 0.125
    Points 15 points
    Teaching period Not offered in 2024 (Distance learning)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,066.38
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    Learning Outcomes
    Students will understand:
    • Legal definitions of 'mental disorder'
    • Standards governing compulsory psychiatric assessment, detention and treatment
    • Mental disorder and violence
    • Review procedures
    • The disposition of mentally disordered offenders
    • Confidentiality and access to psychiatric records


    Not offered in 2024

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught through Distance Learning
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