ADA Australia

Guardianship Training

Guardianship and administration matters can be complicated. You may be asked about a range of issues, or be required to provide detailed information about accessing support. This often requires a solid understanding of Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) documents, and the ability to explain the roles of the statutory agencies.

ADA Australia offers individual and group based guardianship training sessions to help people understand the intricacies of guardianship issues.

Our courses are designed to increase knowledge, build understanding and provide an informative overview of guardianship matters. Previous participants have praised our training approach and course content for its relevance to workers in the aged care, disability, mental health, nursing, allied health, residential care and community sectors. Guardianship training typically address issues related to:

  • Substitute decision making, particularly for health matters
  • How to access support when a person’s decision making capacity is impaired or questioned, and when decision makers are not acting in a client’s best interest
  • Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA) and Advanced Health Directive (AHD) documents, their powers, limits and how they relate to everyday decisions
  • The roles of the statutory agencies, Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), Office of the Public Guardian and the Public Trustee.

Training options for the individual

Understanding Guardianship Workshop for Staff (6.5 hours)

This workshop provides a comprehensive overview of guardianship and administration matters. It is best suited to workers who support people with questionable, impaired or substituted decision making capacity. The course covers capacity impairments that may be related to ageing, disability, mental illness, disease or injury, and is delivered in an interactive way, facilitating applied knowledge to common work practices and real life scenarios. Topics include:

  • Exploring capacity and consent
  • Understanding substituted decision making for health, finance and personal matters
  • Understanding Advance Health Directives
  • Understanding Enduring Powers of Attorney; their role and the limits of their power
  • Concepts of paternalism, de-institutionalisation, human rights and supported decision making
  • Applying substituted decision making, guardianship and administration in real-life scenarios
  • Understanding the role of the Public Trustee, Public Guardian, QCAT and tribunal hearings.

This training provides workers with a crucial understanding of legal and ethical considerations to best support clients whose decision making capacity is substituted, diminished, or being questioned. It equips workers with the skills to ensure the rights of their clients are upheld and their choices protected. The course also covers how to make informed professional decisions, maintain appropriate boundaries with interested parties, and protect clients and organisations through improved practice.

Independent evaluations of this workshop revealed more than 95 per cent of participants found the information very useful to their daily practice, and that participants were more confident in their work roles following the training.

ADA Australia conducts training courses for individuals across Queensland. To access course dates and locations, or to purchase a ticket please click here. (hyperlink to course details, and checkout).

Training options for groups – in-house delivery

Understanding guardianship workshop for staff (4 and 6.5 hour options)

Our individual guardianship training workshop can also be delivered in-house, upon request. We find staff often attend this training day as an individual, realise the benefits to their professional practice, then recommend their colleagues complete the training as well.

ADA Australia tailors content to suit your organisation’s specific requirements and has experience delivering these sessions to workers in the aged care, disability, social work, mental health, nursing, allied health, residential care and community sectors. Please contact us for pricing and information.

Understanding mental health guardianship workshop for staff (4 and 6.5 hour options)

Our understanding mental health guardianship sessions were developed to address a gap in industry knowledge about guardianship, consumer rights and the new Mental Health Act. This workshop offers extensive knowledge for workers in many sectors, and was well received by past participants. The workshop provides a comprehensive overview of guardianship and administration matters related to clients experiencing mental illness. Our course is interactive, facilitates applied knowledge to common practices, and incorporates scenarios that would arise when working in this field. Topics include:

  • Understanding substituted decision making for health, finance, and personal matters
  • Exploring fluctuating capacity, insight and consent
  • Understanding Advance Health Directives
  • Understanding Enduring Powers of Attorney; their role and the limits of their power
  • Concepts of paternalism, de-institutionalisation, human rights and supported decision making
  • Understanding the “less restrictive way” (use of AHD, EPOA, private guardians and statutory health attorneys) as set out in the newly proposed mental health legislation
  • Applying substituted decision making, guardianship and administration in real-life scenarios
  • Understanding the role of the Public Trustee, Public Guardian, QCAT and tribunal hearings.

Please contact us for more information and pricing.

Toolkit for health care decision making workshop for staff (2 hours)

Our toolkit for health care decision making workshop aims to educate participants on health care substitute decision making, particularly when caring for clients who have limited decision making capacity, or Enduring Powers of Attorney in place. Topics include:

  • Health care decision making
  • Advance Health Directives and Enduring Power of Attorney documents
  • Informed consent and the right to refuse care
  • Principles for decision makers and understanding exploitation in substitute decision making.

Please contact us for more information and pricing.

Understanding mental health guardianship for consumers and carers (2 hours)

This two-hour session will help participants gain a better understanding of guardianship issues, the power and limits of Enduring Powers of Attorney documents, and what to do when decision makers are not acting in the best interests of your client. Topics include:

  • Understanding capacity
  • Substitute decision making
  • How decision makers make their decisions (general principles)
  • Health decision making: Advance Health Directives and guardians
  • Understanding the Enduring Powers of Attorney, and Statutory Health Attorneys
    Government bodies—QCAT, Public Guardian, Public Trustee
  • Reviewing a guardianship or administration order.

Please contact us for more information and pricing.

ADA Australia offers a free guardianship advocacy service. For more information, go to Guardianship advocacy.

A range of guardianship resources and links are also available on our Guardianship Resources.