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Mental Health Advocacy Service

Helping Aboriginal people with mental health law

The Mental Health Advocacy Service at Legal Aid NSW provides free legal advice about mental health law

You or your mob can call 02 9745 4277 for information and advice about any mental health law matter.

Relatives and friends are also welcome to call us for information and advice.

You can call us to make an appointment to come and see us at our Burwood office. Our number is  02 9745 4277.

How can the Mental Health Advocacy Service help you?

We can help you if you have to appear before the Mental Health Review Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’) or the Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT).f you have been kept in a hospital under the Mental Health Act you may appear before the Mental Health Review Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’).

Mental Health Review Tribunal

If you have been kept in a hospital under the Mental Health Act you may appear before the Mental Health Review Tribunal (‘the Tribunal’). This Tribunal conducts mental health inquiries, makes and reviews orders and hears some appeals about the care of people with a mental illness. A lawyer can act for you in the inquiry.

Your lawyer can also tell you about:

  • Going to hospital under the Mental Health Act
  • Inquiries and hearings in front of the Tribunal
  • Financial management orders
  • Community treatment orders
  • Appeals

The Guardianship Division of the NSW Civil and Adminstrative Tribunal (NCAT)Tribunal

The Mental Health Advocacy Service can act for people appearing before the Guardianship Tribunal.

Call the Mental Health Advocacy Service on 02 9745 4277 as soon as you know the date you have to appear at the Guardianship Tribunal. We need as much time as possible before the hearing date to talk to you and arrange for someone to act for you.

How do you get in touch with the Mental Health Advocacy Service?

If you are in hospital and seeing the Tribunal for the first time, a lawyer will come to see you first. Our lawyers, or private lawyers paid by Legal Aid NSW go to each hospital in New South Wales where people are kept under the Mental Health Act.

A lawyer will also visit you if you are kept in hospital and will be seeing the Tribunal about:

  • keeping you for a longer time
  • having your money matters managed
  • by the NSW Trustee and Guardian.

A lawyer will act for you if:

  • the hospital is asking for a community treatment order (CTO) for you, and
  • you ask us to represent you.

There are other times when a lawyer can represent you including when you want to leave hospital and the doctor won’t let you. You can call the Mental Health Advocacy Service if you don’t understand what is happening to you. We will pay for the call if you are outside Sydney.

Call us on 02 9745 4277.
Mental Health Advocacy Service
Level 4, 74-76 Burwood Road
Burwood NSW 2134
Telephone: 02 9745 4277

This publication is intended as a general guide to the law in NSW. It should not be relied on as legal advice and it is recommended that you talk to a lawyer about your particular situation.

If you need more help, contact LawAccess NSW on 1300 888 529 for legal information, referrals and in some cases, advice.

At the time of printing the information shown is correct but may be subject to change.

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September 2016