The Mental Health Review Tribunal experienced a 4.5% increase in its case load over the past year.
Mental Health Review Tribunal president Barry Thomas said a 5% increase of outcomes of matters was achieved, equating to an average of an additional 3.5 outcomes per hearing day.
“The adjournment rate was 14.2% of listed matters, the majority of these attributed to either a patient transferring from one service to another or the lack of evidence at the hearings,” he said.
“During the year, 1433 forensic order reviews were conducted resulting in 90% being confirmed with limited community treatment.
“Patient attendance at hearings remains a focus for further attention, of 2907 matters relating to inpatient episodes of involuntary treatment, patient attended on 1843 occasions.
“Of patients within the community, attendance was 2885 out of a possible 8790 matters.”
This article first appeared in the Bundaberg NewsMail on 5 November, 2013.