Welcome to a special issue of Mental Health Update on Advance Statements. Jayne Lewis and I first visited this topic in 2014 when the new Mental Health Act was introduced. This updated version includes journal articles, web pages, guidelines and videos concerning the consumer, family and service experience since 2014, as well as looking at learnings from overseas. It includes:
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Last updated 30 Aug 2018
"An Advance Statement documents what treatment you would like in case you require compulsory mental health treatment. Treatment means the things used to relieve the symptoms and distress caused by being unwell.
In the event that you receive compulsory mental health treatment, doctors and other people in your treating team have to consider what treatment you would like, including preferences you have written in your Advance Statement.
Advance Statements are not required to be considered if you are receiving voluntary treatment, but it could still be a useful way for you to let your doctors know what treatments you prefer."
from Advance statements under the Mental Health Act in Victoria. State of Victoria - Department of Health. Melbourne; 2014. Read full document
Unpacking the psychiatric advance directive in low-resource settings: An exploratory qualitative study in Tamil Nadu, India. Shields LS, Pathare S, van Zelst SD et al. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 2013, 7(1):29 Read article