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Mental Health: Advance Statements in mental health

Guide to library resources for staff of St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne with an interest in mental health, psychiatry and psychology

Advance statements in mental health

Welcome to a special library guide on Advance Statements in mental health. Jayne Lewis and I first visited this topic in 2014 when the new Victorian Mental Health Act was introduced. This 2022 update includes fresh journal articles, web pages, guidelines and videos including both the consumer and service experience.

Full text access: Articles marked with an asterisk* require an SVHM login for offsite access. You should only need to log in once. External readers are welcome, but please note that this library can only supply subscription based full text resources to SVHM staff and students. SVHM staff may request an EndNote library of citations.

Contact:     Last update: 15 July 2022

Related guide: Decision making in mental health (including shared and supported decision making)

Advance statements - what are they?

From Advance statements under the Mental Health Act in Victoria. State of Victoria - Department of Health. Melbourne; 2014:

"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."

Victorian Mental Health Act 2014

Advance statements - the Victorian experience

Consumer attitudes and experience

Clinician attitudes and experience



Videos from IMHA (Independent Mental Health Advocacy

The following videos created in 2018 come from which also includes some downloadable resources about advance statements.

Mental Health Liaison Librarian

Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian

Carl de Gruchy Library, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

Literature Searching, Systematic Reviews, Mental Health liaison 
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