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Involuntary treatment of drug and alcohol dependence in New South Wales: an old Act and a new direction

Glenys M Dore, Robert G Batey and Darren J Smyth
Med J Aust 2013; 198 (11): 583-585.
doi:
10.5694/mja12.10387

Will new legislation address the dilemmas raised by a century-old Act for involuntary treatment of addiction?

Glenys M Dore, MB ChB, FRANZCP, FAChAM, Clinical Director and Psychiatrist1
Robert G Batey, FRACP, FRCP(UK), FAChAM, Clinical Director, Viral Hepatitis Program,2 and Former Clinical Advisor, Addiction Medicine3
Darren J Smyth, BA(Nursing), BA(Anthropology), GradDipHlthEd, NSW Representative4
1 Northern Sydney Drug and Alcohol Service, Northern Sydney Local Health District, Sydney, NSW.
2 Australasian Society for HIV Medicine, Sydney, NSW.
3 Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Office, NSW Health, Sydney, NSW.
4 Drug and Alcohol Nurses Australasia, Warrnambool, VIC.
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