Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making Project: Final Report Launched

Report and associated resources now available

Following Australia’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008), our nation’s mental health laws, policies and practice are moving towards a stronger focus on personal recovery and human rights. Supported decision-making, whereby people experiencing severe mental health problems are supported in relation to decision-making, is a cornerstone of recovery-oriented and rights-based approaches to mental health care.

The Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making project sought to document the experiences and preferences of people experiencing severe mental health problems, family members and other informal supporters, and mental health practitioners about supported decision-making, treatment and recovery in Australia.

A comprehensive suite of resources on supported decision-making has been produced as a result of the project. These resources are aimed at improving supported decision-making practices for people with experience of severe mental health problems, and to assist family members and other supporters’ participation in supported decision-making.

They include:

An introduction to the Supported Decision-Making project and suite of resources.

The project’s Final Report, which includes a four page Executive Summary detailing the main findings.

Guidelines for Supported Decision-Making in Mental Health Services.

Fact Sheet 1  What is Supported Decision-Making?
Fact Sheet 2  Supported Decision-Making: Legal Mechanisms
Fact Sheet 3  Practices to Improve Supported Decision-Making in Mental Health Services
Fact Sheet 4  Resources for Supported Decision-Making

Two online resources:

Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making: Lived Experience Perspectives

Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making: Carers’ Experiences

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