Authors: Frances Sanders
Event: 2018 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Review of the take up and use of advance statements and nominated persons 2018
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Victorian Mental Health Act 2014 sought to introduce and strengthen the rights of people with a mental illness. Building on International movements, the inclusion of Advanced Statements and the right to elect a Nominated Person were designed to provide support and protect consumers interests by ensuring people were able to exercise their rights and have their views and preferences about their treatment and recovery taken into account. The roll out of the Mental Health Act was attenuated by an education strategy to enable service users and service providers to best understand and implement supported decision making, Advance Statements and nominated persons. Clinical services and peak consumer and carer bodies report a low uptake of these mechanisms and the need to evaluate compliance. This project sought to review the uptake and impacts of the provision for an advanced statement, nominated persons, including understanding of the enablers and barriers to implementation. This work is part of a broader suite of projects focused on consumer rights that will inform future actions by the OCP in enabling the Mental Health Act.