Forensicare operates under a complex legislative framework that governs our relationship with government and the services we supply to patients and clients. The legislation under which we operate and provide services is –
- Mental Health Act 2014 – the Act that establishes Forensicare and details the functions and requirements of the organisation and the Board (s328-345).
- Crimes (Mental Impairment and Unfitness to be Tried) Act 1997– governs the disposition and treatment of people found not guilty by reason of mental impairment or unfit to plead.
- Corrections Act 1986 and Sentencing Act 1991 – these Acts detail specific services that we provide to people found guilty of offences and people ordered by courts to be remanded in custody.
Health information and Privacy
Forensicare is committed to protecting the health information and privacy of current and former patients and consumers. As such we will not share health or treatment information about current or former patients/consumers as we must comply with our privacy obligations under the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 and the Mental Health Act 2014.
More information about Freedom of Information requests can be found here.
Gifts, benefits and hospitality register
In accordance with the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) guidelines, Forensicare makes its gifts, benefits and hospitality policy register available to the community.
All public sector employees have a duty to always put the public interest above their private interests when carrying out their official duties.The policy outlines when potential, perceived or actual conflicts may occur and the steps that must be taken to avoid, disclose, mitigate and / or manage a conflict of interest.