9th Annual Elder Law for the Health Sector Conference

Addressing key legal and ethical challenges to support the best interests and wellbeing of the ageing population

separately bookable workshop
Performing Capacity Assessments on Older Patients
23 February 2017 | 8.00am - 3.45pm

Returning for its third consecutive year, this popular post-conference workshop will provide you with everything you need to know about capacity assessments and the surrounding ethical and legal frameworks that go alongside it.
The presenters will demonstrate their recently released “Toolkit for Assessing Capacity” - a clinical and legal guidance for health practitioners undertaking capacity assessments in a wide range of situations, particularly with older adults with dementia.
In this workshop, you will learn about:
· What constitutes capacity in older patients
· The factors that affect capacity
· Clinical assessment of capacity and related issues
· The different tests required for matters pertaining to legal, health and financial areas
· Supporting and working with those who have partial capacity
· Acting in the absence of an EPA
· Activating an EPA when capacity is partial or lost
· Testamentary capacity

Greg Young

Consultant Psychiatrist

Capital & Coast DHB

Alison Douglass


Barristers Chambers

Alison Douglass is a Dunedin barrister, specialising in health and disability law. Alison is appointed by the Family Court as counsel for the “subject person” (people who lack capacity) under the PPPR Act and has been counsel in a number of Family Court, High Court and Court of Appeal cases. Alison is the 2014 recipient of the New Zealand Law Foundation international research fellowship and in July 2016 released her report on a comparative analysis of the English Mental Capacity Act, developments in the UK and proposed law reform of the PPPR Act entitled: Mental Capacity: updating New Zealand’s Law and Practice. Alison has co-authored a legal and clinical guidance, “A Toolkit for Assessing Capacity” with Dr Greg Young, psychiatrist and Professor John McMillan, bioethicist.

Delia McKenna

Professional & Clinical Leader – Social Work

Waitemata DHB

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