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Mental Health Review Tribunal

Annual Reports Who is on the Tribunal? | What does the Tribunal do? | How to Contact the Tribunal

The Tribunal was established under the Mental Health and Related Services Act 1998 (the Act). It is an independent statutory body that has the power to make decisions about the care and treatment of people who have a mental illness or mental disturbance.The majority of Tribunal hearings are held to decide whether a person needs to be treated as an involuntary patient, either in hospital or in the community, in accordance with the Act.Decisions made by the Tribunal are enforceable by law.The Tribunal sits in Darwin and Alice Springs on a weekly basis. Tribunal hearings for remote locations may be held by video or telephone conferencing.The Tribunal sits as a 3-member panel. It comprises a legal member (a qualified lawyer or magistrate), a medical member (a qualified psychiatrist), and a member with special interest or expertise in the area of mental health, who represents the general community.For a full list of members please refer to the Tribunal’s most recent Annual Report link on this site.

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Who is on the Tribunal?

The Tribunal has a pool of members who are rostered to sit at hearings. Three members sit at each hearing

Tribunal members are appointed by the Administrator of the Northern Territory.

What does the Tribunal do?

The main functions of the Tribunal are

How to contact the Tribunal

All inquiries, lodgement of forms and correspondence in relation to review and appeal hearings are made to the Registrar located at

Level 3, Zone A
Nichols Place
Magistrates Courts
Crn Cavanagh and Bennett Street
Darwin NT 0801

Postal Address:
PO Box 1281 Darwin NT 0801

Phone: 8999 5001
Fax: 89995005
E-mail: mentalhealthreviewtribunal@nt.gov.au

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