Member Recruitment

Member Recruitment

Part Time Member Recruitment 2020

The Mental Health Review Tribunal is currently recruiting for part time members in the following 3 categories:

1)     Australian Legal Practitioners - must be qualified and admitted as an Australian lawyer and hold a current practising certificate (for a minimum of 7 years);

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.


Part time members are paid a sessional rate for their rostered sitting days.  Current rates are:

Lawyer and psychiatrist members: $974 per day or $487 per half day.

Members with other qualifications or experience: $742 per day or $371 per half day.


Please complete the Expression of Interest form and attach a covering letter (of no more than 2 pages) stating your claim for appointment along with an up to date Curriculum Vitae (of no more than 3 pages).  Applications will be accepted to midnight Sunday 23 February 2020:

 By Email:

By Post:           The Registrar,

 Mental Health Review Tribunal, PO Box 247, GLADESVILLE   NSW   1675

By Fax:             9879 6811

 Applications should be clearly marked:  “CONFIDENTIAL - Application for appointment to the Mental Health Review Tribunal”


Based on the Tribunal’s previous experience when advertising for part time members, we anticipate that a large number of applications will be received.  The process for culling and interviewing these will take a number of months.  Shortlisted applicants may be invited to complete an on line automated video interview, before selected applicants are called for an in person interview.  The Tribunal will then make recommendations to the Minister for Mental Health for consideration for appointment by Cabinet. 

 ENQUIRIES:  Rodney Brabin, Registrar (02) 8876 6313

CLOSING DATE: Midnight Sunday 23 February 2020


Information Package 2020

Expression of Interest Form (Editable PDF Version)

 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.