What you can do if you don't agree with your Treatment Order

If you do not believe you should be on a Treatment Order, you have these options:

Talk to your treating team

Your treating psychiatrist can cancel (revoke) your Treatment Order at any time.

Get help to talk to your treating team

The Independent Mental Health Advocacy service can help you talk to your treating team about what you want. You can call them on 1300 947 820.


A family member, friend or carer may also be able to help you talk to your treating team.

Get a second opinion from another psychiatrist

You can ask for a second opinion from another psychiatrist about your treatment and whether you meet the criteria for compulsory treatment. 

You can ask for a second opinion by calling the Second Psychiatric Opinion Service on 1300 503 426 or by emailing the Second Psychiatric Opinion Service.

Ask why we made our decision

You can ask us for a written explanation of why the Tribunal made its decision. This is called a statement of reasons. 

You can ask for a statement of reasons:

This request must be made within 20 business days after your hearing. 

If you ask for a statement of reasons we will also send a copy to your treating team. If your treating team asks for a statement of reasons we will also send a copy to you.

Get legal advice

You can ask a lawyer for advice by contacting: 

You can also ask a private lawyer to help you.

Ask for another Tribunal hearing

If you are on a Treatment Order you can ask for another hearing to have your Order cancelled (revoked) at any time. 
You can ask for another hearing:

It usually takes about 2 weeks from when you ask for another hearing to when your hearing will be held. 

Appeal our decision at VCAT

You can appeal our decision at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). 

This means VCAT will hold a hearing to decide whether to cancel (revoke) or change your Order. 

Find out more information on the VCAT website.