Advocacy

Mental Health Advocacy

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program: Advocacy Tasmania Inc.

Regional area where the program is delivered: State-wide

Description of program:

The program provides a free, confidential advocacy service for people who have a mental health disorder and in certain instances their relatives and carers, who have a complaint about existing services or a need to access services. Services are not confined to Mental Health Services but can include Government, NGO and private sector services. The advocate can assist people to exercise their rights through the provision of information, self-advocacy support, representation and community education.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

To be eligible for the service, a person must identify as having a mental health disorder.

How to apply for the program:

Telephone: (03) 6224 2240

Free call state-wide:  1800 005 131

Email: advocacy@advocacytasmania.com.au

Where to go to find out more information:

Advocacy Tasmania, PO Box 426, Sandy Bay, Hobart, 7006

Website: http://www.advocacytasmania.com.au/

Mental Health Tribunal Representation Scheme

Name of Organisation that Delivers the Program:  Advocacy Tasmania Inc.

Regional areas where the program is delivered: State-wide

Description of program:

Advocacy Tasmania coordinates a scheme which offers free and competent representation for people on involuntary mental health orders who are having a hearing before the Mental Health Tribunal. Training and supervised volunteers provide representation across the state. The scheme has been operating since 2003.

Eligibility criteria for the program:

The person is informed that they are to have a hearing before the Mental Health Tribunal.

How to apply for the program:

The scheme operates by contacting the listed person however a person who becomes aware that they may have a hearing in the near future can contact the scheme prior to contact being made with them by a Representative.

How to apply for the program:

Telephone: (03) 6224 2240

Free call state-wide:  1800 005 131

Email: advocacy@advocacytasmania.com.au

Where to go to find out more information:

Advocacy Tasmania, PO Box 426, Sandy Bay, Hobart, 7006

Website: http://www.advocacytasmania.com.au

Official Visitors

The Official Visitors form an independent body and have three main functions:

To visit in-patient facilities once a month in order to examine the adequacy of care and treatment provided to patients; and to examine the standard of the hospital environment and activities offered to patients.

To investigate complaints.

To investigate suspected contraventions of the Mental Health Act and report them to the Mental Health Tribunal.

Official Visitors act independently and impartially. Patients, family, and staff are all welcome to contact us and information will be treated confidentially.

Telephone: (03) 6233 9262

GPO Box 960, Hobart, 7001