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Mental Health & Supported Decision-Making Project

Final report

Australia's mental health laws, policies and practice are moving towards a stronger focus on personal recovery and human rights. Supported decision-making, whereby people experiencing severe mental health issues are supported in relation to decision-making, is a cornerstone of recovery-oriented and rights-based approaches to mental health care.

Over the past three years, the Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making project, conducted by researchers from RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and Monash University, has documented the experiences and preferences of people experiencing severe mental health issues, family members and other informal supporters, and mental health practitioners about supported decision-making, treatment and recovery in Australia.

A comprehensive suite of resources on supported decision-making has been produced as a result of the project. These resources are aimed at improving supported decision-making practices for people with experience of severe mental health issues, and to assist family members and other supporters’ participation in supported decision-making. They include:

An introduction to the Supported Decision-Making project and suite of resources.

The project’s Final Report, which includes a four page Executive Summary detailing the main findings. Guidelines for Supported Decision-Making in Mental Health Services.

Fact Sheet 1 What is Supported Decision-Making?
Fact Sheet 2 Supported Decision-Making: Legal Mechanisms
Fact Sheet 3 Practices to Improve Supported Decision-Making in Mental Health Services
Fact Sheet 4 Resources for Supported Decision-Making

Two online resources:

  1. Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making: Lived Experience Perspectives
  2. Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making: Carers’ Experiences