Cultural Diversity Information

Welcome!Queensland is a culturally and linguistically diverse society with approximately 19 percent of the population born overseas and eight percent speaking a language other than English at home. Source ABS 2006

The Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) respects diversity and understands that people have unique cultural and language needs.

Help with language
Providing cultural information
About the Tribunal in plain English
Useful links

Help with language

The Tribunal can organise access to interpreters for you or your support person, at no cost to you.  Let the Tribunal know before your hearing if you need an interpreter at your hearing.

Contact the Tribunal on freecall 1800 006478 or 07 3235 9059 or email

If you need someone to help you prepare for your hearing, talk to your case manager.

‘A Brief Guide to the Mental Health Review Tribunal’ brochure is available to download in Italian, Cantonese, Spanish, Vietnamese, Korean and Chinese from our Brochures.

Information about the Mental Health Act 2016 and a Statement of Rights is available in other languages from Queensland Health.

Providing cultural information

Cultural information can help the Tribunal to understand your situation and make an informed decision.  The Tribunal can receive this information by:

  • you providing cultural information about yourself in a Self Report
  • a person from your community attending the hearing with you or talking to the Tribunal on the telephone
  • your health worker, case manager or doctor completing the cultural information page in the clinical report.

Cultural information can include:

  • the language you speak at home
  • the culture you grew up in
  • religious and spiritual beliefs
  • refugee status
  • year of arrival in Australia
  • how you are settling into living in Australia
  • male and female roles in your culture
  • family role and responsibilities
  • family history before migration and after migration
  • community organisations you are involved with e.g. churches, schools
  • community support e.g. settlement worker
  • community responsibilities
  • cultural beliefs about mental health
  • how your culture explains the cause of illness and its treatment

About the Tribunal in plain English

What does the Tribunal do?

The Tribunal is not a court or the police or part of the health service.

It decides whether you stay on your treatment order.

(Involuntary Treatment Order ITO or Forensic Order FO)

Involuntary Treatment Order

When a person with a mental illness is at risk of causing harm to themselves or others an authorised doctor can give mental health treatment without the person’s consent.

A Forensic Order

When a person with a mental illness is found by the Mental Health Court or a jury, to be of unsound mind or not fit for trial for a criminal offence, the person must receive mental health treatment.

How will I know when and where my hearing will be?

The Tribunal will send you a letter with the time, date and place of your hearing, seven days before the hearing.

The Tribunal will also send a letter to your support person if the Tribunal has their address.

What will happen?

A Tribunal hearing is where you sit around a table and talk about your treatment order.

The Tribunal will talk to you and your doctor.

The Tribunal will decide whether you stay on your order or not.

Will I have a say?

Yes, the Tribunal would like to talk with you.

In the hearing everyone has a turn to speak.

You can ask for an interpreter to help you.

You can bring someone from your community to support you.

Want more information?

Watch the Tribunal’s DVD

Listen to the MHRT: an interactive experience

Talk to your health worker, case manager or doctor.

Contact the Tribunal to organise an interpreter on

free call 1800 00 6478 or 07 3235 9059 or email

Useful Links