The role of family/whānau in compulsory assessment and treatment
Consultation with family and whānau
Your responsible clinician must consult with your family or whānau during the compulsory assessment and treatment process, unless:
- this is not reasonably practical
- this is not in your best interests.
Where an application for assessment is made, the purpose of the assessment needs to be explained to you (the proposed patient) in the presence of a family member, caregiver or other person concerned with your welfare.
What if I don’t want my family/whānau to be consulted?
A responsible clinician must consult with you as the patient before consulting with your family and whānau. You may not want your family or whānau to be consulted, but the responsible clinician can still consult with your family or whānau if they believe this would be in your best interests.
Note: Family or whānau is not limited to blood relationships. It could include friends, loved ones, people in your support network or other people who are an important part of your life.