Authors: Kate Rae
Event: 2015 TheMHS Conference
Subject: 2015 TheMHS Conference, NDIS Capacity Building Project, supported decision making
Type of resource: Video
Abstract: On this page you can see a video of a presentation by Kate Rae (project coordinator at ADACAS) at the 2015 TheMHS conference exploring the topic of supported decision making for people with psychosocial disability. The talk covers some of the research, which had been funded through the above mentioned project as well as other research she had undertaken in relation to supported decision making.
Many people who experience psychosocial disability also experience not being able to make their own decisions. Substitute decision making, where one person makes a decision on behalf of another, is formalised through guardianship and treatment orders, and, sometimes happens informally, by family and carers.
Yet having control over your own life, or the right to -self-determination, is becoming firmly embedded in Australian service delivery and legal reform. The NDIS aims to deliver choice and control over supports and services, while jurisdictions across Australia are reviewing mental health and guardianship laws to ensure that all people, regardless of their disability, are able to retain and use their right to decide.
Supported decision making (SDM) has a place fulfilling the goals of these reforms. It enables people whose decision making capacity is understood to be impaired to have as much support as they need to be engaged in decision making. SDM practice is developing in Australia and may not be well known within the mental health sector. This paper will describe supported decision making and what it might mean for the mental health work force, guardians and within the lives of people who experience psychosocial disability, their families and carers.