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dc.contributor.authorDawson, John
dc.identifier.citation2018, ‘The Australasian approach to defining mental disorder in a Mental Health Act’, J Dawson, 26 Medical Law Review 610-632 (England).en_NZ
dc.description.abstractHow should the mental element be defined in the legal standards governing a person’s ‘sectioning’ or civil commitment under the Mental Health Act (MHA)? This article considers how this mental element is defined in many MHAs in Australasia: that is, via a statutory list of disorders of mental function said to ‘characterise’ the necessary state of mind. The author assesses the assumptions that lie behind the adoption of this approach and discusses the views of several English law reform committees that have explored how the mental element should be defined. The article concludes that, while the Australasian approach does not avoid the need for further interpretation of the terms used to describe disorders of mental function in the statutory list, it better for the legislation to use such a definition than to provide no definition at all.en_NZ
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofMedical Law Reviewen_NZ
dc.subjectMental Healthen_NZ
dc.subjectHealth Lawen_NZ
dc.titleThe Australasian Approach to Defining Mental Disorder in a Mental Health Acten_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolUniversity of Otago Faculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
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