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Mental Health Tribunal

This is information has been mostly reproduced with kind permission from the Sydney Local Health District


What is the Mental Health Tribunal?

The NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal is a specialist legal body established under the Mental Health Act 2007.


What is its role?

It has a wide range of powers that enable it to make and review Orders about the treatment and care of people with a mental illness in NSW. It is made up of several panels, each consisting of a lawyer, a psychiatrist and a suitably qualified or experienced community person.

Throughout NSW these Tribunal panels conduct hearings at hospitals and community health centres, as well as via telephone or video conferencing. Their decisions cover a range of issues including:

  • whether to discharge or detain a person in hospital - they may also 'adjourn' a hearing for up to 14 days if a clear decision cannot be made at the time

  • approving Community Treatment Orders

  • reviewing and approving extensions of inpatient and Community Treatment Orders

  • approving Orders for the management of a person's finances under the 'NSW Trustee and Guardian'

  • reviewing the care of long-term inpatients

  • reviewing applications for and authorising Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT).












  1. Understanding The Mental Health Act, (September 2011) © 2015 Sydney Local Health District. Available from: (accessed on 23/11/2015)

  2. Centre for Mental Health, Mental Health Act Guide Book (Amended May 2003) © NSW Department of Health 2003.

      Available from: (accessed   f     on 23/11/2015)


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