Topic: A session about Rights Based Care as applied in the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic) for mental health workers and anyone else interested in hearing more about this topic.
The session incorporates interactive exercises and practical scenarios. It supports participants to:
Have an understanding of informed consent, capacity and supported decision making in a mental health context.
Have a basic understanding of how to seek informed consent in a mental health context.
Have a basic understanding of how to support capacity building in a mental health context.
Demonstrate a basic knowledge of what supported decision making is.
Have an understanding of some of the benefits of implementing rights-based care in practice.
IMHA consists of 16 advocates from a range of multidisciplinary backgrounds. Their work involves supporting consumers, who are subject to compulsory treatment under the Mental Health Act 2014, to make decisions and have as much say as possible in their mental health assessment, treatment and recovery. IMHA is an integral component in realising the reforms and visions of the Mental Health Act 2014.
Speakers:James Leckie has worked at Victoria Legal Aid for 2 years in mental health and disability law. Before that he worked at a community legal centre in the areas of tenancy and family violence. As part of Legal Aid’s inpatient outreach program, which attends most inpatient units across Victoria, James visits St Vincent’s Hospital every fortnight to advise consumers being treated under the Mental Health Act. He is also currently engaging in various policy projects including law reform and ECT rights. James is passionate about consumer rights and maximising their autonomy.
Signe Moltsen holds a Bachelor in Social Science from Denmark and a Master of Social Work from RMIT. Before arriving in Australia, Signe worked in youth mental health and the education sector in Denmark. While living in Australia she has worked in the family violence sector.