Supported Decision Making in Healthcare Forum

The ADACAS Supported Decision Making Team is holding a forum on supported decision making in healthcare on Tuesday 14 November. Please see below for more information. If you would like to attend the forum, please register at Eventbrite by clicking on this link


Imagine having all your healthcare decisions made by someone else. This is a reality for many people with disability or mental ill-health who confront barriers exercising their right to decide in healthcare settings. This reality can be challenging for healthcare consumers, carers, families and health professionals alike.

Using a ‘hypothetical’ panel format and audience participation, this forum will explore how supported decision making might work in healthcare services.

- What difference might supported decision making have on the health outcomes of people with disability or mental ill-health?
- Whose role is it to ensure support is available when and where it is needed?
- What might be the tensions between support and privacy, dignity of risk and duty of care, and what is the difference between safety and safeguards?

The panel will be facilitated by Linda Crebbin. Panellists include:
- Darlene Cox, Executive Director of Health Care Consumers’ Association
- Sheree Henley, Director of Microboards Australia
- Jodie Griffiths-Cook, Public Advocate and Children & Young People Commissioner
- Dr Mandy Evans, Chief Psychiatrist ACT Health MHJHADS
- Helen Connolly, Supported Decision Making project team ADACAS
- Christina Thompson, Manager Guardianship Unit and Deputy Public Trustee and Guardian


This free event will be of interest to health consumers with disability, health and law professionals, families, and carers.

When: Tuesday 14 November, 1:45pm to 3:55pm. Please arrive at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm start.
Where: Reception Room, Legislative Assembly, 196 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT 2601
Cost: Free

Registration is essential as numbers will be strictly limited. Please register at Eventbrite by clicking on this link.

All are welcome to attend and afternoon tea will be provided.

Access to the Reception Room is available through the Public Entrance in Civic Square.

If you have questions, please email the ADACAS Supported Decision Making Team at or call us at (02) 6242 5060. Or ask us on Facebook by clicking here.


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