Statutory Authorities

Mental Health Tribunal Representation Scheme

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 in approved hospitals once a month in order to examine the adequacy of care and treatment provided to patients; and to examine the standard of the facility 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

1800 001 170 FREECALL

Email: official.visitors@mhous.ombudsman.tas.gov.au

GPO Box 960, Hobart, 7001

Guardianship and Administration Board

The Registrar
Guardianship and Administration Board
GPO Box 1307
Hobart Tas 7001

Ph: 1300 799 625 (local) or (03) 6233 3085
Fax: (03) 6233 4509
Email: guardianship@justice.tas.gov.au 
Website: http://www.guardianship.tas.gov.au

Health Complaints Commissioner Tasmania

GPO Box 960
Hobart Tas 7001

Hobart
Ground Floor, 99 Bathurst Street
Hobart Tas 7000

Launceston
Henty House, 1 Civic Square
Launceston Tas 7250

Ph: 1800 001 170 (Free call)
Fax: (03) 6233 8966
Email: health.complaints@ombudsman.tas.gov.au
Website: http://www.healthcomplaints.tas.gov.au