The Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Tanya Davies MP, has requested that NSW Health review the operation of the Mental Health Review Tribunal in respect of forensic patients.
The review is designed to provide an understanding of current practice, ensure consistency with leading and international standards, and balance the needs, interests and expectations of the community, victims and forensic patients.
The review’s Terms of Reference explore four key areas of focus, with respect of forensic patients:
The review will not investigate or make findings about individual patient cases or Tribunal decisions, but will make broader recommendations for improved policy, legislation, administration and practice.
The review will be undertaken by the Hon Anthony Whealy QC, a lawyer and former judicial officer, known as the “Reviewer”. The review is to deliver a final report to the Minister for Mental Health and the Attorney General outlining recommendations to strengthen operations of the Tribunal in respect of forensic patients.
The final report will be informed by three key activities:
To build the widest possible public and stakeholder awareness, participation and understanding during and after the review process, a proactive communication strategy will work across a broad range of platforms and opportunities to: