Accessing Records via the Mental Health Act

Mental Health Act 2014

Individuals who have received contact with the mental health service have the additional right to apply for access to their health records under the MHA 2014. This right is separate to the right to apply for access under the Freedom of Information Act (1992).

Section 248 of the MHA 2014

Under section 248 (1) of the Mental Health Act 2014 (MHA 2014), a person who is or was provided with treatment or care by a mental health service is entitled to inspect and be given a copy of any relevant document relating to them. This includes the whole or part of the person's medical record.

Exemptions

Access to documents is subject to certain exemptions which are outlined in section 249 of the Mental Health Act 2014 (external site).

Lodging a Request for Information under the MHA 2014

Application

A request to access documentation under the MHA 2014 can be made by:

  • Writing to the Health Information Officer
  • Completing the appropriate form that is available from every clinic, ward and reception area at BHS
  • Providing a clinician with your request, who will forward this to the Health Information Officer for processing.

Download the Request to Access Documents form (PDF 73.2KB).

Written requests and application forms can be submitted via:

Mail:
Freedom of Information Office
Royal Perth Hospital
GPO Box X2213
Perth WA 6847

Email: RPH.FOI@health.wa.gov.au

Alternatively, a printed form may be mailed to you upon request, by contacting the FOI Office on 9416 3827.

Identification

Proof of identification (for example, driver's licence or passport) is required in order to the application to be valid.

Costs

There are no costs associated with this process.