The information on this page has been developed to assist our clients and stakeholders to provide the Tribunal office with feedback.
The Mental Health Review Tribunal is committed to ensuring that all genuine feedback is considered and that enquiries and complaints are resolved fairly and efficiently. Your feedback will assist us to maintain a high level of satisfaction and improve the quality of our services to clients.
We suggest you read the information set out below and decide on the best way to send your feedback. In most instances, the e-form will be the simplest way.
If you are an involuntary patient, Allied Person or legal representative, or mental health service provider, we may be able to assist you with a specific enquiry. Some of the issues we can help with are:
- feedback, enquiries or complaints about hearings, Tribunal processes, staff or members
- decisions made under the Mental Health Act 2000
- information about recent or scheduled hearings (see the letter with your Hearing Notice for contact details)
- where to find information on our website (if unable to locate through the Search function)
- information about the Tribunal’s services and resources available to clients and stakeholders
A range of information about the Tribunal’s role is available on this website including brochures and factsheets on various topics. You can find this information by following the links on the left or using the Search function at the top of the page.
Please note that we may not be able to provide specific information about an individual person even if you are a family member. Information held by the Tribunal is confidential.
- Public Interest Disclosure – Policy
- Public Interest Disclosure – Management
- Corrupt Conduct Complaints Involving the President – Policy
The Tribunal does not investigate complaints about your healthcare, your doctor, or authorised mental health service.
We suggest you contact the administrator of the mental health service to discuss any concerns you may have about your healthcare.
If you are not an involuntary patient under review by the Tribunal, or an involuntary patient’s Allied Person or legal representative, it is unlikely that we will be able to assist you. The Tribunal does not provide/arrange psychiatric services and only has contact with patients who are having a review of their treatment order. If you require an assessment or know someone who needs to be assessed, you should contact an authorised mental health service in your area. Queensland Mental Health maintains a comprehensive list of services by area on its website http://www.health.qld.gov.au/mentalhealth
We are unable to give you contact details for, or put you into direct contact with, Tribunal members. An enquiry about a member should be made through the Tribunal office. This includes feedback in relation to your hearing which can be made on the Hearing Feedback Form sent out to you with the Hearing Notice.
If you contact us using the e-form on this website, by letter or email, your correspondence will be attended to by an appropriate officer in the Tribunal office. Your concerns may be discussed internally before a decision is made on the best way to respond.
Letters are usually sent from the President. In some cases, the Legal Officer may send out the response if you have raised legal issues. General enquiries may also be resolved on the telephone by the Client Services Manager or your Hearing Coordinator.
If you have an enquiry about your upcoming hearing and need more information, you should call your Hearing Coordinator at the number shown on your Hearing Notice.
The easiest way to provide feedback to the Tribunal is to click on the e-form. The e-form can be used for general feedback, enquiries, compliments and complaints. After you have filled in the e-form, click on Submit and your feedback will be sent through to the Tribunal’s office.
You can also phone us, particularly if you consider the matter to be urgent. Brisbane callers can phone the Tribunal office on (07) 3235 9059 and out of area callers can ‘freecall’ 1800 006 478.
Whatever method you choose to contact us, we may still need to investigate the issues you have raised. This can take some time.
When submitting your feedback, you can assist us by:
- completing your contact details
- providing as much detail and relevant information as possible
- telling us clearly what outcome you want
- keeping us updated on developments that will assist us to assess your feedback
- delivering your complaint in a non-threatening and non-abusive way
If you have provided a telephone number and your enquiry is of a simple nature, we may be able to assist you right away or within a day or so.
If your enquiry is complex, or you have indicated that you would like a written response (by letter or email), we could take longer to get back to you. More complex enquiries often require a written response.
We will respond to you within 28 days if that is possible. If it is going to take longer to resolve the issues you have raised, we will contact you with an interim response.
We will only engage in discussion or correspondence on issues that are within the scope of the Tribunal’s role. If we are unable to assist you, we will advise you of this.
Your privacy is important to the Tribunal. The feedback you provide to the Tribunal will be kept confidential and your privacy will be maintained. We will keep the information you send to us and your contact details on a file.
In some circumstances, we may need to contact individuals outside of the Tribunal’s office for information, but only to the extent necessary to resolve the issues you have raised. This may include contacting a member of the Tribunal, staff at the authorised mental health service, or your Allied Person or legal representative with your permission.
Generally, if we think your concerns could be addressed by another agency we will tell you that. You can then contact that agency directly.