Standing Orders and Clinical Guidelines

Mental Health Act 2013: Standing Orders and Clinical Guidelines

Standing orders and clinical guidelines have been developed in order to help and direct controlling authorities, medical practitioners, nurses, and other persons exercise responsibilities under the Mental Health Act 2013. Each of the guidelines and orders has been approved by the Chief Civil Psychiatrist or Chief Forensic Psychiatrist, depending on their intended application.

The clinical guidelines and standing orders may be modified over time. Please check these pages regularly to make sure you are using the most recent version.

If you identify any errors in these documents please notify the Office of the Chief Psychiatrist by calling (03) 6166 0778 or emailing