Authors: Diane Sharman and Valerie Williams, TAS
Event: 2006 TheMHS Conference
Subject: HUMAN RIGHTS AND ETHICS,INNOVATIONS,LEGAL ISSUES, Human Rights & Laws
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Mental health Representation Scheme is an innovative human rights award-winning scheme that since 2003 has offered Tasmanians appearing before the Mental Health Tribunal free and competent legal representation. The Scheme is a Therapeutic Jurisprudential model that promotes non-adversarial representation and incorporates concepts and strategies aimed at preserving on-going relationships between consumers, carers and clinicians while strongly advocating client rights. Law, government, education and health are working in partnership to guarantee a therapeutic legal environment that respects consumer rights with the goal of reaching better outcomes for clients. Using primarily law students/legal graduate volunteers who have undertaken the Scheme’s compulsory training, the Scheme is able to provide 100% representation state-wide with minimal funding. The Scheme has altered the legal landscape in Tasmania.