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Resituating Aotearoa New Zealand mental health legislation in the context of social and occupational justice

Reed, Kirk and Field, B 2017, Resituating Aotearoa New Zealand mental health legislation in the context of social and occupational justice, Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, vol. 29, no. 3, pp. 55-65, doi: 10.11157/anzswj-vol29iss3id306.

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Title Resituating Aotearoa New Zealand mental health legislation in the context of social and occupational justice
Author(s) Reed, KirkORCID iD for Reed, Kirk orcid.org/0000-0003-3342-454X
Field, B
Journal name Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work
Volume number 29
Issue number 3
Start page 55
End page 65
Total pages 11
Publisher Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers
Place of publication Christchurch, N.Z.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 2463-4131
2463-4131
Keyword(s) Aotearoa New Zealand
mental health
mental health legislation
occupational justice
REFORM
social justice
Social Sciences
Social Work
Summary INTRODUCTION: Social work and occupational therapy mental health practitioners face a range of tensions in relation to statutory obligations in the context of maintaining a focus on the ideals of social or occupational justice.APPROACH: The aim of this article is to highlight some of the complexities for social work and occupational therapy practitioners in an environment dominated by a medico-legal worldview. Those complexities include creating and maintaining a therapeutic relationship, adhering to legal obligations; and staying focused on professional values and beliefs. We have explored notions of social justice and occupational justice and undertaken a descriptive chronological review of Aotearoa New Zealand mental health legislation.IMPLICATIONS: We have provided an insight in to some of the key factors that have influenced the development of mental health legislation in this country in relation to social and occupational justice. We have considered how the medico-legal worldview influences staying true to the notions of social and occupational justice and have made suggestions for change relative to practice and the legislation
Language eng
DOI 10.11157/anzswj-vol29iss3id306
Field of Research 1607 Social Work
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30141852

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