Authors: Lisa Brophy, Catherine O’Leary, Dr Rachel Mountjoy and A/Prof William Silvester, Nadine Cocks, Erandathie Jayakody, Susan Pepper, Mary Swift and Sarah Pollack, VIC
Event: 2014 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings 2014
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 introduced advance statements, a process resulting in a written document that enables a person to detail their treatment preferences in the event that they require compulsory mental health treatment. Advance statements are a mechanism that supports the Act’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (2006) and Victoria’s Framework for Recovery Oriented Practice. The Victorian Government funded Austin Health and Mind Australia to develop materials to support the introduction and implementation of advance statements in Victoria. Project outcomes were achieved through a literature review and broad consultation that included interviews and focus groups with consumers, families, carers and the mental health workforce. The deliverables included a practice guide and an education package comprising multimedia resources and workshops for the mental health workforce, along with information resources for consumers and their families and carers. The project was completed in August 2014 and has resulted in recommendations regarding how the introduction of advance statements could be further supported into the future.