Supporting rights, agency, and self-determination
Launch of the Supported Decision Making Project website

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A recent Monash University and University of Melbourne Australian Research Council joint interdisciplinary project investigated and supported the rights, agency and self-determination of people in the mental health system.

Named “Options for Supported Decision Making to Enhance the Recovery of People with Severe Mental Health Problems”, the project was led by Associate Professor Renata Kokanovic (Monash University). It received support through a partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and five major NGOs that support mental health service and delivery in Victoria: Neami National, Mind Australia, Tandem Carers, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and Wellways (formerly Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria).

A key output of this project was the production of two online resources based on research participants’ stories of living with severe mental health challenges, and also carers’ experiences.

Launched in June 2016, these resources remain hosted on the Healthtalk Australia Website:

Mental health and supported decision making: Lived Experience perspectives

Mental health and supported decision making: Carers’ experiences

For additional information about the project, visit the project website.


Note: the ethical aspects of this research project have received approval by the Human Research Ethics Committee of Monash University.


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