Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992

124 Vetting of outgoing mail

(1)

The responsible clinician may direct that any letter or other postal article put out by a patient for posting be opened and checked if there are reasonable grounds for believing that the dispatch of the letter or other postal article could be detrimental to the interests of the patient and to his or her treatment.

(2)

Where, on checking any letter or other postal article under subsection (1), it is considered that the dispatch of the letter or other postal article could be detrimental to the interests of the patient and to his or her treatment, the responsible clinician may direct that it be withheld from posting.

(3)

The responsible clinician shall withhold from posting any letter or other postal article put out by a patient for posting if it is addressed to a person who has notified the hospital that he or she does not wish to receive communications from that patient.

(4)

Notwithstanding anything in subsection (2), no letter or other postal article put out by a patient for posting shall be withheld from posting if it is addressed to any of the persons described in section 123(3).

Compare: 1969 No 16 s 63