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WHAT DO YOU THINK? Recording Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is a body established by the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld). The Tribunal holds hearings and makes decisions about involuntary treatment and care for people with mental illness, and involuntary care for people with intellectual disability or cognitive impairment.

At the hearing, the Tribunal is made up of a panel of between 1 to 5 members.  Normally there are 3 members: a legal member, a medical member and a community member. A member or members of the treating team must attend the hearing, and the patient is also encouraged to attend the hearing. The patient can also have a legal representative, other representative, support person, or guardian, present. The hearing is closed, so members of the public are not allowed to attend the hearing.

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is currently conducting a project regarding the Electronic Recording of Tribunal hearings. They would like feedback from patients, support persons, legal representatives, advocates, clinicians, family members and carers, or anyone else about how they feel about audio recording Tribunal hearings. Up until now, the only official record taken of the hearing has been the handwritten notes of the Tribunal members.

The Tribunal have prepared an online survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2DFZZPZ. There are questions about whether you think recording hearings is important, how recording the hearing might affect you and your participation in the hearing, and in what circumstances you would ask for a copy of the recording.  Feedback can be given anonymously, but must be provided by 4 March 2019.

Alternatively, you may wish to provide your comments by email to the Tribunal to enquiry@mhrt.qld.gov.au  Again, submissions given by email should be provided by 4 March 2019.

This is a survey being conducted by the Mental Health Review Tribunal for a project the Tribunal are conducting.

Queensland Advocacy Incorporated will be preparing our own written submission to the Tribunal. If you would like assistance in providing your feedback to the Tribunal, or would like to provide your feedback via Queensland Advocacy Incorporated’s submission, please do not hesitate to contact us on qai@qai.org.au or call us on 07 3844 4200 as soon as possible, or at the latest by Wednesday 27 February 2019.