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Provision of legal services to patients in the Mental Health Review Tribunal

Expressions of interest are being sought from community legal centres and preferred suppliers for a new legal practitioner panel to provide legal representation services to patients appearing before the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) throughout Queensland in specified matters.

The legal services will be provided in matters where:

  • There is an application for an involuntary treatment order and the Attorney General is seeking to be heard on the application
  • There is an application for a forensic review and the Attorney General is seeking to be heard on the application
  • There is an application for the administration of electro-convulsive treatment
  • The patient is under 18 years of age (minors).

The services will be provided in locations across Queensland where the MHRT hears matters. Services will be provided in the following regional areas –

  • Greater Brisbane and Inala;
  • Bundaberg and Fraser Coast;
  • Caboolture/Redcliffe;
  • Cairns and surrounding regions;
  • Gold Coast;
  • Ipswich and West Moreton;
  • Mackay;
  • Rockhampton and surrounding regions;
  • Sunshine Coast and Gympie;
  • Toowoomba and surrounding regions;
  • Townsville and surrounding regions;
  • Woodridge/Logan.

Attachment A sets out the regional areas and the potential locations where the MHRT will sit.

The services will include:

  • Perusal of documents provided by the MHRT relevant to the application
  • Conferencing with the patient
  • Representing the interests of the patient at the MHRT hearing.

Payment for services will be a standard grant of aid of $756 per matter.

The services will operate for an initial 12 months period from March 2017 to 28 February 2017 with the possibility of extension.

Eligibility criteria

  • Preferred suppliers must be included on a Legal Aid Queensland panel and demonstrate experience in the delivery of services to clients with mental health issues Community legal centres must have experience in the delivery of services to clients with mental health issues
  • Practitioners must agree to undertake training in the delivery of legal services in the MHRT meet Legal Aid Queensland’s case management standards for the delivery of legal services in the MHRT

Expressions of interest should contain

  • Geographical location/s where applicants are able to provide services in the MHRT
  • Completed application cover sheet
  • Details of legal practitioners who will provide the services and their experience and competence in delivering services to clients with mental health issues

Please submit your expression of interest to Rosemarie Coxon, Manager Regional Services and Business Partnerships, Legal Aid Queensland at Rosemarie.Coxon@legalaid.qld.gov.au

If you have any questions please contact Deputy CEO, Paul Davey at Paul.Davey@legalaid.qld.gov.au or by phoning 3405 0776.

Expressions of interest must be lodged by close of business on Friday 16 December 2016.