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Seminar | 21 September 2022 | STEP New South Wales

21 September 2022

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

In person & online


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September 21
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm ACST
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Banco Court – Supreme Court of New South Wales
184 Phillip Street
Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia


STEP New South Wales