Seminar | 21 September 2022 | STEP New South Wales
Seminar | Wednesday 21 September 2022
Dr Jane Lonie, Clinical Neuropsychologist
Topic: Evaluating Mental Capacity: Pitfalls and Prevention
When dealing with matters involving questionable capacity, legal practitioners and the judiciary are forced to consider what mental/cognitive abilities support or negate the assumption of capacity and how these abilities are evidenced.
There are a number of determinative elements in the process of evaluating capacity, all of which are specific to any given client and their individual circumstances.
When medical opinion around capacity is sought, the methodology applied to evaluating capacity can take various forms and can result in varying depths of evidence and explanation for the opinion that is put forward.
The need to consider mental capacity or informed consent extends beyond the legal profession to encompass all frontline client facing services including treating clinicians, medical researchers, financial advisors, accountants and NDIS service providers.
Despite this, there is very little information and guidance of a practical nature to assist legal practitioners and other front-line professionals to evaluate mental capacity in a neuroanatomically relevant and efficient manner, and in a manner that gives rise to robust and useful contemporaneous evidence.
Closer scrutiny of many of the current approaches to evaluating mental capacity is needed to raise the bar in this area of practice.
5:30 – 6:30 PM AEST
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