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Should Family Members of Those with Mental Illness Have Access to Their Health Information?

November 9, 2016

(The Conversation) –  The 2015 coronial inquest into their deaths revealed family members caring for them had insufficient information about their condition, medication regime, factors that may indicate a risk of relapse, and when they should reengage with the mental health system. The coroner recommended policies be developed for Carer’s Plans, that contain this information, to be provided to family members or carers.  Such cases support the argument the law should allow better communication between health professionals, families and carers, even if this impacts on patients’ confidentiality.

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