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Mental Health Advocacy

Mental Health Advocacy
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Mental health advocacy is a rewarding aspect of legal practice. Lawyers need to balance the duty to advocate for their clients but also preserve the therapeutic relationship those clients have with their treating clinicians.

This webinar will take a practical approach in looking at the legal framework in this area and help ensure that you are able to apply this understanding when representing your clients.

The presenters will also consider the outcomes from the 2019 Government Inquiry into Mental Health and what can be taken from that in terms of advocacy, as well as the recent post-COVID-19 amendments to the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 1992 (the Act).

Topics covered will include:

  • The rewards of advocacy for these vulnerable clients and the need for diversity of representation
  • Overview of the Act’s compulsory processes
  • Understanding the key statutory roles provided for under the Act
  • Compulsory Treatment Order hearings.

Learning objectives

After this webinar you will be able to:

  • Develop your interpersonal skills to advocate for these vulnerable clients.
  • Effectively represent clients with legal issues in the mental health area of practice.
  • Understand mental health applications and reports.

Who should attend

Practitioners wishing to learn more about mental health advocacy and/or interested in joining a mental health duty roster.

Book / Technical Specs

A background book written by the presenters is available in hard copy, PDF, or both. Please indicate your choice upon registration. 

  • Hard Copy - Your book will be posted to you - no extra charge 
  • PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event - no extra charge 
  • Both Hard Copy & PDF - You will be emailed a PDF copy of the book 3 working days before the event, and posted the hard copy book  - additional $30 charge

For information on what is required to participate in the webinar, click here.


  • Annette Gray, Buchanan Gray, Wellington
  • Louise Sziranyi, Thomas Dewar Sziranyi Letts, Lower Hutt

Fee (Incl GST)


Do you want to register more than one person for this course? Click here


  • Webinar - 11.00am - 12.30pm
  • Registration closes - 3.00pm, Tuesday 28 July 2020

View PDF brochure and registration form here.

Webinar 29 July
I can't attend, but please let me know when the book is available to purchase.


Attendance at the live webinar
  • If you attended the live webinar, you will receive an electronic certificate of attendance as verification for your CPD records.
  • You can view and hear the presentation again, as many times as you wish in your own time for no additional cost.
Registration but non-attendance on the day
  • Under the CPD Scheme only those who attend a live webinar are eligible to claim CPD hours.
  • If you registered but were unable to attend on the day, you can view and hear the archived recording of the presentation.

Cancellation and refund policy

Since the webinar is available to registrants as an archive after the live presentation, there is no cancellation – we just transfer your user status as a registrant from the live presentation to a purchaser of the webinar package of recorded webinar, PowerPoints and booklet.

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Wellington 6011

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PO Box 5041
Wellington 6140
New Zealand