Some type of appeal or review procedure to protect patient's rights is legislated for in the Acts of most of the states and can be accessed by patients, their representatives or official community visitors. There are provisions also for automatic review of detained patients at regular intervals by the review board. The appeal bodies are listed in Table 24.2.
|NSW||Mental Health Review Tribunal||Supreme Court|
|Vic||Mental Health Review Board|
|Qld||Patient Review Tribunal||Mental Health Tribunal|
|SA||Guardianship Board||Administrative Appeal Court|
|WA||Board of Visitors|
|Tas||Mental Health Review Tribunal||Supreme Court|
|NT||Magistrate's Court||Supreme Court|
|ACT||Mental Health Tribunal|
1 Mullen P. "'Forensic psychiatry'", in Bloch S, Singh B S (eds). Foundations of clinical psychiatry. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1994; 334-8.