Queensland Law Society

Mental Health Review Tribunal release – Office of the Public Advocate

The Queensland Public Advocate has called on the State Government to ensure that the Mental Health Review Tribunal (the Tribunal) operates with full transparency. The Public Advocate, in its annual report tabled in Parliament on 6 December 2018, detailed its concerns regarding the Tribunal’s operations and procedures. Read the full media release.

The Society supports the Public Advocate’s calls for greater transparency, and this year met with the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services, the Hon Dr Steven Miles, to relay our concerns with the Tribunal and provide examples of the difficulties experienced by QLS members who practise in this jurisdiction. These included a lack of adequate transcription services, inadequate time allocation for matters, lack of basic amenities and the Tribunal’s limited liaison with other key stakeholders.

QLS will continue to advocate on these issues and welcomes feedback from members who appear before the Tribunal. Practitioners are invited to provide their feedback.