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Advance Health Directives for Mental Health

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About

The new Mental Health Act 2016 commenced in Queensland in March 2017.  Consumers, clinicians, legal professionals and the wider community will all benefit from the Act’s improved and simplified practices, and increased focus on patient rights and recovery.  The Act aims to strengthen the rights of individuals using least restrictive treatment options. One document which is crucial to ensuring less restrictive treatment options is an Advance Health Directive for Mental Health (AHD-MH). The ADH-MH supports consumer empowerment and patient recovery by allowing individuals greater control over expressing their views, wishes and preferences for future mental health treatment and care, and personal matters.

 

An AHD-MH is an optional form that:

  • outlines a persons consent to, or refusal of, specific mental health treatment and care
  • takes effect only when a person lacks capacity to make informed decisions about their mental health treatment and care
  • guides the treating team and/or attorneys at a time the person is unwell
  • identifies if a person has chosen to appoint one or more attorneys to make decisions on their behalf, should they become unwell and lack capacity
  • when signed becomes a valid legal document

 

ADA Australia in partnership with Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI), have undertaken several projects to educate consumers and clinicians around Queensland about Advance Health Directives for Mental Health.

 

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