Journal article

The Role of the Mental Health Tribunal in Setting Duration of Compulsory Treatment in Victoria

Michelle Taylor-Sands, Zashalla Nicholson

Psychiatry Psychology and Law | Routledge | Published : 2020


This article explores the role of the Mental Health Tribunal (the Tribunal) in setting duration of compulsory treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) (the MH Act) using qualitative analysis of data obtained by a Tribunal working group. It explores the extent to which there is a difference between the duration of treatment orders requested by treating teams and those made by the Tribunal, as well as the factors the Tribunal takes into account in setting a different duration. Results reveal the Tribunal made a treatment order of different (mostly shorter) duration in one out of five hearings. In these cases, two out of four factors identified by the working group were dominant ..

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