Independent Patient Rights Advisers(IPRAs)Independent Patient Rights Advisers (IPRAs) help patients, their families, carers and other support people to know more about their rights under the Act. Understanding these can help patients to be more involved in decision making about their treatment and care.
IPRAs liaise between patients, family, carers, support people and clinical teams.
Rights Advisers recognise the lived experience and insights of people with mental health issues and their families.
How do Independent Patient Rights Advisers Operate?IPRAs generally will not share the person’s information with health practitioners unless:
- The patient provides consent
- there is a safety concern, or
- the information disclosure is necessary to fully investigate a complaint.
- Helping patients and support people to communicate to health practitioners the patient’s views, wishes and preferences about treatment and care
- Advising patients and their support people of their rights at Mental Health Review Tribunal hearings, and, if requested, help the consumer engage a representative
- Identifying whether patients have a personal guardian or attorney and work cooperatively with them to further the patient’s interests, and
- Advising patients of the benefits of an Advance Health Directive for Mental Health or an Enduring Power of Attorney for a personal matter.
The Mental Health Act 2016 provides a legislative framework for the treatment and care of people with mental illness. As part of the Act, Independent Patient Rights Adviser (IPRA) roles have been created across Queensland to assist patients receiving treatment and care provided by Queensland Health mental health services.
IPRA FactsheetRole of IPRAs Factsheet
IPRA ResourcesFor videos and fact sheets about:
- Patient rights
- Support persons
- Nominated support persons
- Receiving treatment
- Advance care planning
Independent Patient Rights Advisor Contact listIPRA Contact List
Contact an independent mental health patient rights adviser in your area.
Cairns and HinterlandPhone: 0427 973 467 / 0409 701 095
Central QueenslandPhone: (07) 4920 6956
Central WestPhone: (07) 4920 6956
Children’s Health QueenslandPhone: (07) 3069 7104 / 0476 830 919
Darling DownsPhone: 0408 473 151
Gold CoastPhone: 1800 316 678
MackayPhone: (07) 4885 7037 / 0438 389 906
Metro NorthPhone: 1300 477 243
Metro SouthPhone: 1300 477 243
North WestPhone: (07) 4433 1399 / 0409 064 008
South WestPhone: 0408 473 151
Sunshine CoastPhone: (07) 5470 5546 / (07) 5470 5383 / 0459 894 874 / 0459 894 876
Torres and CapePhone: 0427 973 467 / 0409 701 095
TownsvillePhone: (07) 4433 5065 / (07) 4433 1399 / 0436 655 256 / 0409 064 008
West MoretonPhone: (07) 3810 1413
Wide BayPhone: (07) 4184 1824 / 0447 750 516
Statewide IPRA CoordinatorMental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs
Office of the Chief Psychiatrist
Phone: (07) 3328 9243 / 0472 846 365