The information on this page is intended to complement the Victorian Government Department of Health brochure.

This statement of rights along with further details about ECT will be explained and given to you by your psychiatrist to help you make an informed decision about proceeding with this treatment.

ECT treatment has shown at least an 80% improvement on patients presenting with uncomplicated, severe depression. However, it is important to note that not all patients improve at the same rate and that it will generally take around 4 to 5 treatments before you may feel an improvement in your symptoms.

ECT is conducted in a dedicated ECT suite, by a specialist ECT consultant psychiatrist and consultant anaesthetist, along with a specialised team of nursing professionals.

Before your first treatment, you will undergo a thorough psychiatric evaluation as well as a complete physical health examination ensuring ECT is indicated for your health condition.

If at any time you feel concerned or wish to discuss your progress, please do not hesitate to discuss these with the ECT staff and your doctor.


There are some out of pocket expenses associated with ECT. You can discuss this with your treating psychiatrist prior to commencing treatment.


You are required to sign informed consent documents authorising the use of ECT. “Consent” means that you understand the procedure as well as its risks and benefits. At any time during your treatment you can withdraw consent to treatment.