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.
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Related guide: Decision making in mental health (including shared and supported decision making)
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."
Consumer attitudes and experience
Clinician attitudes and experience
The following videos created in 2018 come from https://www.imha.vic.gov.au/new-videos-about-using-advance-statements-and-appointing-nominated-person which also includes some downloadable resources about advance statements.