Practice Forum – Decision Making: Capacity, Consent and the Law

From 1 March 2020, the new Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 will come into effect. The Act recognises one of the most important human rights for people with cognitive impairment: the right to make and participate in decision making that affects their lives. This adds to the framework provided by the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016, for making decisions and seeking consent for medical treatment when a person does not have capacity to make their own decisions.

To support clinicians in understanding the law and promote shared and supported decision making practices, an interactive Practice Forum is being held on Wednesday 19 February 2020. Guest speakers include Elizabeth Dillon from Office of the Public Advocate and Brian Young from Monash Health Neuropsychology Department.

The forum will cover the key themes of the new Guardianship and Administration Act 2019, the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 and how they interact with clinical practice in assessment of decision making capacity and provision of person-centred care: shared decision making and informed consent. Content will include:

• the new Guardianship and Administration Act 2019
• reiteration of key points of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016,
• the concept of assessing decision making capacity across these two pieces of legislation

Practice Forum

Decision Making: Capacity, Consent and the Law – what health professionals need to know

Wednesday 19 February 2020 – 12.30-1.30pm
Lecture Theatre 1, MMC Clayton

The Forum will be broadcast to other sites via BlueJeans as follows:
• Casey –Boardroom
• Dandenong – Seminar Room 1
• Kingston – Boardroom
• Moorabbin – Tutorial Room 2



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