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Explanatory Statement Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill 2017 (Serial 25)



Explanatory Statement Alcohol Harm Reduction Bill 2017 (Serial 25)

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Tabled Papers for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Natasha Fyles


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7 The application must be in writing in a form approved by the BOR Registrar, with information specified in the form. Clause 19. Referral for assessment This clause provides that an application made by a family member, guardian or carer, or Public Guardian, then the adult must be referred by the BOR Registrar for assessment by a clinician (see clause 20). The BOR Registrar may refer an adult for assessment by a clinician for other applications (however an assessment by a clinician is not required). Clause 20. Assessment This clause provides that if an adult is referred for assessment pursuant to clause 19 then a clin ician must take all reasonable steps to assess the adult for a decision to be made by the BOR Registrar pursuant to clause 21 . If the clinician is unable to assess the adult within a reasonable time, the clinician must notify the BOR Registrar and the application lapses. The assessment may be in person or on the information provided or otherwise available. A report must be provided to the BOR Registrar by the clinician on completing the assessment which makes a recommendation as to whether or not a BOO should be made and if there is any recommendation as to appropriate therapeutic support programs. Clause 21. Making BOO This clause provides that the BOR Registrar may make a BOO for a person if satisfied that the person is an adult, that the person is misusing or has misused alcohol and the misuse presents a risk to health, safety or wellbeing of the person or other person. However, the BOR Registrar cannot make a BOO for a person referred by a family member, carer, guardian or Public Guardian unless an assessment has occurred and a report on the assessment received . There is no requirement for assessment by a clinician for a person referred by other persons listed in clause 18 and the BOR Registrar may otherwise make a BOO in accordance with this clause. If there has been an assessment made under clause 20 the BOR Registrar must consider the clinician 's report in making a BOO.

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