The Mental Health Tribunal of Western Australia ("the Tribunal") is an independent quasi-judicial tribunal set up under the Western Australian Mental Health Act 2014. The Tribunal replaces the Mental Health Review Board, which operated in Western Australia from December 1997 to November 2015.
The Tribunal's role is to safeguard the rights of people with mental illness who are involuntary patients, either in hospital or in the community under a community treatment order. The Tribunal conducts regular reviews of all involuntary patients in Western Australia.
Reviews are held at the various metropolitan hospitals and community health centres in person and by video link for patients living in regional areas. Where possible, from time to time reviews are held in person at major regional centres.
The Tribunal also has an important role in approving restricted treatments such as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and psychosurgery.
The Tribunal’s approval is also required before psychosurgery is performed, and it can only be carried out on patients who give informed consent to it and are at least 16 years old.