Human rights at the Mental Health Review Tribunal: Advising and assisting people under involuntary orders

October 28, 2020, 12pm-1pm

The Human Rights Act 2019 (Qld) (HRA 2019) contains a number of rights relevant for clients experiencing mental health issues, particularly those who may be subject to involuntary treatment, and in light of COVID-19, which has amplified existing systemic rights.

Given the breadth of issues relating to mental health law and human rights, this webinar, presented by LawRight solicitor Rachel Sloper, will focus on the practical applications of the HRA 2019 in the context of Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) hearings, including:

  • MHRT in its administrative function: a public entity with human rights obligations
  • MHRT in its judicial function: interpretation of MHA 2016 in light of HRA 2019
  • Key rights in Treatment Authority and Forensic Order hearings
  • Key rights in discussions with treating teams and other stakeholders
  • First Nations clients.

This webinar is aimed at lawyers and case workers who assist people to prepare for and appear in hearings at the MHRT. A basic understanding of the HRA 2019 and the Mental Health Act 2016 (Qld) (MHA 2016) will be assumed knowledge.

Helpful pre-reading for those who are interested in attending, but are not yet familiar with the MHA 2016 include the Queensland Health’s Guide to the MHA 2016 and the information sheets published by the MHRT.

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