Compulsory mental health treatment in the community: a least restrictive alternative?

Singapore Theatre (Basement)
Melbourne School of Design
Masson Road
The University of Melbourne
Parkville VIC 3010


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This free public lecture by Professor Steven Segal will consider the utility of community treatment orders as a least restrictive alternative to hospitalisation for protecting health, safety, and quality of life over the course of two decades in Victoria.

This will be followed by a panel discussion.


  • Host: Professor Bernadette McSherry, Foundation Director of the Melbourne Social Equity Institute
  • Maggie Toko, Chief Executive Officer, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council,  
  • Dr Gunvant Patel, Consultant Psychiatrist, St Vincent’s Hospital, Forensicare and the Mental Health Tribunal, 
  • Dr Piers Gooding, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Melbourne Social Equity Institute and Board Member, Belonging Matters.

Steven P. Segal, PhD, MSW, ASCW currently a Fulbright Alumni Fellow and an Honorary Professor at the University of Melbourne, is Professor of the Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley's School of Social Welfare.

Professor Segal has worked on mental health services research related to long-term community and residential care, civil commitment, dangerousness and quality of psychiatric emergency care, trauma, and refugees; taught all levels of post-secondary education, contributing to the education of physicians, psychiatrists, lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, and trained more than a thousand social workers in practice, policy and research.