After “fierce debate”, the government of the province of Western Australia has voted to completely ban all use of electro-convulsive therapy (ECT), or electroshock, on children under the age of 14, reported ABC News.
“The law imposes a $15,000 fine on anyone performing the therapy on a child under 14,” reported ABC News. “A child aged between 14 and 18 who is a voluntary patient cannot have the treatment without informed consent and approval by the Mental Health Tribunal.”
The president of the Western Australia Association for Mental Health told ABC News that the bill was long overdue. “To date there have been no safe guards, and that’s been highly problematic, at least now we have some.”
Electroshock therapy on under-14s banned in WA after law passes Parliament (ABC News, October 17, 2014)