Part Time Member Recruitment 2016:
The Mental Health Review Tribunal recruited for all categories of part time members in January 2016. Expressions of Interest closed in February 2016.
More than 300 Expressions of Interest were received with 31 new members appointed from 1 September 2016 along with 38 current members who were reappointed through this process..
Unsuccessful applicants have been notified.
Further Expressions of Interest:
The Tribunal’s next scheduled recruitment process for all categories of members will not be until 2020.
In the meantime if you are interested in appointment to the Tribunal please send a current CV with a completed Expression of Interest form to the Tribunal’s Registrar. These will then be placed on file at the Tribunal and you will be contacted when the recruitment process commences or if a need for a casual appointment arises.
By Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By Post: The Registrar, Mental Health Review Tribunal
PO Box 2019, Boronia Park NSW 2111.
By Fax: 9879 6811
ENQUIRIES: Rodney Brabin, Registrar (02) 8876 6313
Part Time Members:
The Tribunal has 3 categories of part time members:
1) Australian Legal Practitioners - must be qualified and admitted as an Australian lawyer and hold a current practising certificate;
2) Psychiatrists- must be a registered medical practitioner with specialist registration in psychiatry and recognised qualifications as a psychiatrist;
3) Other suitably qualified persons - should possess qualifications or experience rendering them suitable to be appointed as members of the Tribunal.
Part time members are required to sit on Tribunal panels and review the situation of persons with a mental illness within the framework of the NSW Mental Health Act 2007 (the Act) and the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990 and make appropriate determinations and orders.
Role of the Legal Practitioner Members
The legal member is the presiding member, and has the role of chairing and managing the hearing in a manner conducive to achieving the required standards of informality, patient engagement in the process and optimal decision making. The presiding member will advise other members on points of law, and ensure that the patients (or their representatives) have an opportunity to put their case and ask questions of witnesses.
The presiding member is responsible for:
- conducting the pre-hearing planning meeting with the other Members;
- deciding the order of evidence (patient first, or doctor);
- making sure all members take part in decision making;
- articulating the reasons for the decision; and
- where required, writing the decision, taking into account the contributions from the other members.
Role of the Psychiatrist Members
The psychiatrist member brings to the Tribunal specialist expertise that the skilful questioning of professional colleagues to elicit the clinical information required by the Tribunal. In addition, the psychiatrist member is responsible for taking an educative role with lay members of the Tribunal.
The psychiatrist member does not provide a second opinion regarding the psychiatric treatment being provided, nor does that member play any role in the supervision of mental health teams or quality assurance of the services provided.
Role of the Other Suitably Qualified Members
The other suitably qualified member is not an Australian legal practitioner or a psychiatrist, but brings to the Tribunal other suitable qualifications or experience relevant to the jurisdiction of the Tribunal. The other member may contribute knowledge of mental illness, mental health services, patient rights, and community expectations to the consideration of a patient’s mental state and psychiatric history, social circumstances, response to treatment and willingness to continue treatment. The other member may pursue those issues that are of interest to the general community, particularly those associated with safeguarding the rights of the patient and others, including the determination of unacceptable risk.
Part time members are paid a sessional rate for their rostered sitting days. Current rates are:
Lawyer and psychiatrist members: $826 per day or $410 per half day.
Other suitably qualified members: $629 per day or $314 per half day.