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ADA Australia – Panel Discussion

ADA Australia Guardianship, Supported Decision Making and Human Rights: Perspectives from Canada and Australia


ADA Australia in partnership with Griffith University held a forum to discuss Guardianship, Supported Decision Making and Human Rights from the perspectives of two different countries; Canada and Australia.

The forum had many great speakers including:

The forum was facilitated by Professor Lesley Chenoweth (Griffith University).

Keynote Speakers:

  • Professor Timothy Stainton (University of British Columbia, Canada)
    “Supported Decision Making: An International Overview of Policy and Practice” – Click here to down load presentation
  • Professor Christine Bigby (La Trobe University) and Dr Shih-Ning Then (QUT)
    “Building an Evidence Base about Support for Decision Making in Australia”

The keynote presentations were followed by a panel discussion featuring key Queensland stakeholders.

A panel discussion was held on the question: “What can Queensland do to develop a more user-friendly decision-making system for people with a cognitive impairment?”

More information about the keynote Speakers

Panel Members:

  • Julia Duffy Deputy Public Guardian
  • Clinton Miles Director Disability Services, The Public Trustee of Queensland
  • Mary Burgess A/Public Advocate
  • Kevin Cocks Anti-Discrimination Commissioner
  • Prof Lesley Chenoweth Academic Researcher
  • Karen Williams Queensland Law Society / ADA Australia representative
  • Margaret Arthur Private Solicitor, CRH Law

A small except from the panel discussion on the day can be found here: