PIAC confined its comments to two areas raised in the Issues Paper, Review of Tribunals in New South Wales:
the establishment of one tribunal (or division of a tribunal) to deal with health practitioner disciplinary matters; and
the amalgamation of the Mental Health Review Tribunal (MHRT) and the Guardianship Tribunal (GT).
PIAC generally supports the establishment of one tribunal to deal with health
practitioner disciplinary matters. PIAC submitted that one tribunal would allow the
establishment of a core group of experienced persons to chair hearings before the
tribunal this would lead to more consistency in the decision making of tribunals
dealing with health disciplinary proceedings. A single tribunal would also allow more
public access and scrutiny with regard to disciplinary decisions about health
professionals. The submission then outlines PIAC’s caveats to its in principle support
of a single tribunal .
PIAC does not support the formation of a protective division without a clear
distinction between the existing functions of the MHRT and the Guardianship
Tribunal. PIAC does see a benefit in the realignment of the two tribunals’ roles to
reduce duplication of specific functions.