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Victorian statement of rights - Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT)

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Victorian statement of rights - Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT)

Electroconvulsive treatment (ECT) is a medical procedure to induce a seizure within the brain. It is used to treat mental illness and is performed under general anaesthetic. A course of ECT is up to a maximum of 12 treatments. These treatments are performed over a period of time which is not more than six months. ECT is usually given three times a week for three to four weeks, but this varies from person to person. ECT can be given with or without your consent. This depends on whether you have been assessed to have the capacity to give informed consent. Statements of rights are documents that set out a person’s rights and the processes that apply while a person is receiving a mental health and wellbeing service under the Act. Statements of rights are approved by the Chief Officer for Mental Health and Wellbeing
Target audience:
September 2023
Last reviewed:
September 2023

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