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Your rights on an Involuntary Treatment Order

Your rights on an Involuntary Treatment Order

If you are on an Involuntary Treatment Order you may be on a form 6 which is an Inpatient Treatment Order or a form 5 which is a Community Treatment Order (CTO).

You have rights, even if you are on an Involuntary Inpatient Treatment Order and detained on a locked mental health ward. A Mental Health Advocate can visit you on the ward or call you if you are on a CTO and help you to understand those rights and enforce them.

The Mental Health Commission website has a large number of resources which set out your rights in more detail.

There are also brochures on inpatient treatment orderscommunity treatment orders and in other languages:

The following brochure "Getting your voice heard - Know your rights" has been translated into a range of different languages. 

Arabic -نشرات باللغة العربية


Chinese (traditional)

Chinese (simplified)

Dari - جزوه به دری


Farsi -بروشورها به زبان فارسی



Hakha Chin

Hindi - हिन्दी में विवरणिकाएं





Spanish - Panfletos en español

Swahili - Brosha za Kiswahili

Tamil - தமிழில் சிறு வெளியீடுகள்

Vietnamese - Tài liệu bằng tiếng Việt

Your rights include the following:

  • Right to information about your rights
  • Right to ask questions and be fully informed about any treatment offered to you
  • Right to receive a further opinion about treatment
  • Right to have your involuntary status reviewed by the Mental Health Tribunal
  • Right to be represented at a hearing before the Mental Health Tribunal
  • Right to freedom of lawful communication
  • Right to a medical examination after being admitted to a hospital
  • Right to access your medical records
  • Right to keep your personal possessions securely while you are a patient in a hospital
  • Right to an interview with a psychiatrist
  • Right to confidentiality
  • Right to nominate a nominated person
  • Right to have a treatment, support and discharge plan and be involved in the making of the plan, if you are an involuntary patient
  • Right to make a complaint to the mental health service and/or the Health and Disability Services Complaints Office if you are unsatisfied
  • Right to seek legal advice
  • Right to access the Mental Health Advocacy Service
  • If you are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, to the extent practicable and appropriate to have treatment provided in collaboration with an Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander mental health worker and significant members of your community including elders and traditional healers