Decision-Making Capacity Workshop for Nurses and other Health Professionals

Professional Courses

Thursday 13 March 2014    9.30am to 5pm


Northern Sydney Education and Conference Centre

North Ryde

Capacity Australia will be running a workshop, Decision-Making Capacity Workshop for Nurses and other Health Professionals on Thursday 13 March 2014 in Sydney. Capacity Australia is a  not for profit organisation that promotes the rights of people with decision-making disability through education across sectors including medical, allied health, legal and community sectors. Further information about Capacity Australia can be found at Details of future workshops in Australia can be found on our website. We are also planning to run workshops in New Zealand in July 2014 (dates still to be confirmed) and we are holding our first international conference in Hong Kong on 20 September 2014 on Capacity, Ethics and the Prevention of Abuse.  Below is a general summary of what the Sydney workshop will cover and the presenters. The workshop The workshop will assist participants in dealing with everyday capacity assessment issues, with a particular focus on consent to medical treatment, person responsible and decisions they can make, guardianship applications, financial management applications, when a formal diagnosis is needed, what information is needed to conduct an assessment, the relationship between cognition, function and capacity and what can be done when there are concerns about financial abuse. Using case studies and discussion we aim to educate nurses about the kind of capacity and legal issues that they encounter in their everyday clinical work and to empower and improve confidence in capacity assessment and report writing.  While this course is tailored to the work of nurses it is also relevant to other health practitioners.
Presenters The presenters include: Nick  O’Neill,  lawyer,  previously  President  of  the  NSW  Guardianship  Tribunal  for  10  years, Deputy  Chairperson  of  health  professionals  tribunals  in  NSW  and  co-author  of  the  book Capacity and the Law. Anne Meller, Clinical Nurse Consultant, employed by a teaching hospital in Sydney. Her clinical role is to assist adults and those close to them with Advance Care Planning across the lifespan. She has over 25 years experience in aged health care from a variety of positions and settings. She holds a Bachelor of Health Science (Nursing), and has completed postgraduate studies in Gerontology, Public Health and Health Administration.     She has also co -authored with the members of the Advance Care Directive Association “My Health, My Future, My Choice: an advance care directive for NSW” and  “A Plan of Care” – a book to help people make health and personal care decisions for a person in NSW who has dementia. She has an ongoing interest in end stage dementia. Simonetta is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years experience and a Master’s degree in Literature  and  Literacy.  She  has  longstanding  experience  providing  education  across  both nursing and medical disciplines having tutored for 10 years at the UNSW, Faculty of Medicine, and having worked as a Nurse Educator in both residential aged care and private hospital settings specialising in aged care and rehabilitation. Simonetta has worked with Capacity Australia since its inception in 2011 to promote awareness and understanding amongst health sectors of the rights and dignity of people with disabilities. Tulsi Levin de Graaff, lawyer with a psychology background who has worked at the Australian Human Rights Commission and with the NSW Attorney Generals Department to develop and deliver education and training on the “NSW Capacity Toolkit”. Tulsi has a Cert IV in training and assessment and is experienced at making the law accessible to non-lawyers. Tulsi has significant experience developing and delivering training on legal issues across professional sectors.   Cost Cost for the workshop is $330 including GST. Concession rates available for nurses not funded by their organisation: $150 including GST. In circumstances of financial hardship, please contact Capacity Australia to discuss. Expression of interests can be emailed to or Capacity Australia can be contacted on 8987 1944 for further information.