Mental Health Tribunal
The Mental Health Tribunal makes decisions about when a person can be detained and what treatment a doctor can provide when it has been decided that the person is too unwell to make treatment decisions for himself or herself.
The Tribunal is independent and is not connected to any hospital or other facility or organisation that provides mental health services.
New Act commenced 17 February 2014
The key features of the Mental Health Act 2013 are that it:
- does not enable a person with capacity to be treated against their will;
- enables decisions about treatment and treatment setting to be made within one legislative framework by a single body;
- establishes a single treatment order which enables the authorisation of treatment in either a community or inpatient setting, or through a combination of settings; and
- requires all decisions made under the legislation which effectively infringe on a consumer's civil rights to be reported to the Tribunal so that the decisions can be reviewed as and when required.
Additional information on the new Mental Health Act 2013.