New Zealand Medico-Legal Congress

Examining the key medico-legal issues and the implications on industry and public

14 - 15 Oct 2020Aotea Centre, Auckland
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  • Medico-Legal Congress
  • Super saver price $2199 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 19 Aug
  • Last minute price $2599 + GST
  • 14 - 15 Oct 2020
  • Workshop(s)
  • Super saver price from $899 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 19 Aug
  • Last minute price from $1099 + GST
  • 16 Oct 2020
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separately bookable workshops
Adjusting existing capacity assessment frameworks for the elderly
16 October 2020 | 1:30pm - 5:00pm

This half-day workshop will explore the tools and processes that will enable your organisation to ensure compliance with best practice in the assessment of capacity and ability to consent. With New Zealand home to an aging population, it is important to have appropriate capacity assessments for the elderly with or without cognitive hindrance that is adequate and consistent across the country.  

 

This workshop will enable you to:

  • Identify and formulate solutions to the common and hidden forms causing cognitive inability which will complicate the capacity assessment process, such as dementia
  • Build your empathetic understanding to ensure your patient knows that they are in a safe and secure environment
  • Recognise how often a capacity assessment should be undertaken
  • Explore the relevant capacity frameworks
  • Appropriately document capacity assessments and find patterns/ inconsistencies to help future capacity assessments
  • Navigate the tricky waters when a patient is deemed to have a lack of capacity to make decisions for themselves: what is next for them?

Dr Jane Casey

Consultant Psychiatrist and Psychogeriatrician

Vermont Street Specialists

Jane is a Consultant Psychiatrist, specialising in Old Age Psychiatry, working in both the public and private sectors and as an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. She obtained her MBChB from the University of Auckland, 1987; is a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (FRANZCP), 1994, immediate past Bi-national Chair of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and a member of the International Psychogeriatric Association Capacity Special Interest Forum. Jane’s areas of expertise include mood disorders, dementia and the related topics of elder abuse and capacity assessments. She has considerable experience in writing expert opinion reports in relation to the Mental Health Act, PPPR Act and mental capacity cases, including capacity to appoint Enduring Powers of Attorney and Testamentary capacity. Jane has published and presented on capacity in various medical and legal forums.

Dr Gary Cheung

Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry & Old Age Psychiatrist

University of Auckland

Gary is an academic old age psychiatrist. He is also the Director for the Auckland Regional Psychiatric Training Programme. He has an interest in post-graduate psychiatry training and research supervision. His clinical expertise includes the assessment and management of dementia and mild cognitive impairment, capacity assessment and late-life depression. He has a broad research interest with a focus on improving health outcomes and quality of life of older adults. His key research projects include cognitive interventions in dementia, the lived experience of people with dementia, suicide in older adults, and psycho-social group therapy for older adults with loneliness.

Assessment of capacity and mental illness
16 October 2020 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

This workshop will explore the tools and processes that will enable your organisation to apply best practice in the assessment of mental capacity with a specific focus on patients with mental illness who have, or are likely to have, impaired capacity for decision-making. 

This workshop will cover:

  • An introduction to law and legal frameworks that apply
  • Practical guidance on how to undertake a capacity assessment using the Toolkit for Assessing Capacity;
  • Documenting and reporting on capacity assessments;
  • Case studies and particular challenges when dealing with people with mental illness, such as depression and fluctuating conditions
  • Remote assessments and practical advice as to how carry out remote/virtual assessments in the COVID 19 environment

Alison Douglass

Barrister

Barristers Chambers

Alison Douglass is a Dunedin barrister specialising in health and disability law. She represents people with impaired capacity and their families in the Family and appellate courts, including people subject to the main legislation in this field, the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act 1988 (PPPR Act). Alison, with co-authors Greg Young, consultant psychiatrist, and John McMillan, ethicist, have recently published Assessment of Mental Capacity: a New Zealand Guide for Doctors and Lawyers (Victoria University Press, 2020) available as an eBook based on their practical guidance; A Toolkit for Assessing Capacity and with contributions from experts in a range of disciplines including law, medicine and ethics. Alison has presented at many conferences and workshops on mental capacity law and practice. She is a Deputy Chair of the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal.

Dr Mark Fisher

Consultant Psychiatrist

Hinengaro Clinic

Dr Mark Fisher is a Consultant Psychiatrist working at Counties Manukau Health, in Psychogeriatrics, ECT and Mental Health Leadership. He is also the Director of Area Mental Health Services (DAMHS), a statutory role under the Mental Health Act. His main area of practice is Old Age Psychiatry and he has been involved in setting up the Dementia services at Counties. He has the intersection of mental health and the law as a major area of interest, and recently has working on whether appropriate legal authorities are in place for those living in Aged Residential Care.

  • Medico-Legal Congress
  • Super saver price $2199 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 19 Aug
  • Last minute price $2599 + GST
  • 14 - 15 Oct 2020
  • DHBs / NGOs Special Pricing
  • Super saver price $1599 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 19 Aug
  • Last minute price $1999 + GST
  • 14 - 15 Oct 2020
  • Workshop(s)
  • Super saver price from $899 + GST
  • Super saver ends on 19 Aug
  • Last minute price from $1099 + GST
  • 16 Oct 2020
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