Supported Decision Making is an approach that reflects principles of empowerment and self-determination and is in line with Neami’s approach to service delivery.
The Mental Health and Supported Decision-Making project was conducted by researchers from RMIT University, the University of Melbourne and Monash University in partnership with Neami National. The project sought to document the experiences and preferences of people experiencing severe mental health problems, 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 experiencing mental health challenges, and to assist family members and other supporters’ participation in supported decision-making.
The researchers have recently released four helpful fact sheets:
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 websites have also been developed where you can, through videos and recording, get an understanding of:
Lived Experience Perspectives: Find out what people say about their experiences of diagnosis, medication, hospitalisation, experiences with health professionals, discrimination, personal recovery, and their views about how they could best be supported by health professionals in making decisions about treatments and other aspects of their lives.
Carer Experiences: Explore what consumers and carers have said about how best they could be supported by health professionals in making decisions about treatments and other aspects of their lives.
There are many topics covered in the interviews that would be of interest to consumers, family members and carers, and health professionals. We encourage you to explore these two websites, share them with consumers you work with, and discuss with your team.