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Authorised Mental Health Services

The provision of involuntary treatment to patients for mental illness is regulated by the Mental Health Act 2016 (Act) and it is important for doctors to be aware of their obligations under the Act. Information about the Act, including the Chief Psychiatrist's policies and guidelines and links to the education and training available for clinicians can be found here at the Queensland Health website. 

Clinicians play an important role in Mental Health Review Tribunal (Tribunal) hearings. While members of a person's treating team are not parties to the proceeding, they act as a witness before the Tribunal to provide the Tribunal with information about the person, their treatment and care, their mental state, risk factors and other clinical matters. The information provided by treating teams assists the Tribunal to reach a conclusion about the criteria set out in the Act for each decision. 



The Tribunal recognises the important role of the person's treating team in conducting hearings and so is keen to assist in preparing clinicians for attendance before the Tribunal. Below are resources that the Tribunal has prepared specifically for Authorised Mental Health Services (AMHS)

In addition to these resources, the Tribunal is happy to arrange education sessions with AMHSs for relevant staff on a range of topics. If AMHS staff are interested in hearing from the Tribunal, please speak with your Administrator Delegate, or alternatively contact the Tribunal here

Examination Authorities 

Parts A and B of the Application for an Examination Authority form can be located here

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People Resources (including resources for health workers)

Further information and resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can be found here

Confidentiality Orders

Further information regarding Confidentiality Orders can be found here. The Request for Confidentiality Order form can be found here.

Information Sheets

Title Date File Size File Type
Checklist for Clinicians – Preparing for a hearing 9/5/2024 285.34KB .pdf
Clinical Reports for AMHSs 9/5/2024 350.00KB .pdf
Cultural information section of clinical reports 9/5/2024 321.50KB .pdf
Fitness for Trial for AMHSs 9/5/2024 646.94KB .pdf
Natural Justice for AMHSs 9/5/2024 223.69KB .pdf

Clinical Reports 

The Act requires that at least 7 days before a hearing, the treating practitioner must give a copy of a clinical report (in the approved form) to the Tribunal and the person the subject of the hearing. The Tribunal has issued a Practice Direction to assist in calculating the required "at least 7 days" time frame. A copy of Practice Direction No.1 can be found here


Title Date File Size File Type
Revocation of forensic order by President – s759 3/3/2022 2.67MB .pdf
Treatment Application - Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) 23/6/2022 137.83KB .docx
Treatment Application Non-ablative Neurosurgery 12/2/2019 99.77KB .docx

Written Notice

Title Date File Size File Type
Written Notice of Relevant Patient's Absence 12/2/2019 98.97KB .docx
Written Notice of Relevant Patient's Return 12/2/2019 97.98KB .docx