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Advance Statements within the Victorian Mental Health Setting: A Contextual and Legislative Global Comparison

James, R, Maude, P and McGrath, I 2019 , 'Advance Statements within the Victorian Mental Health Setting: A Contextual and Legislative Global Comparison' , Issues in Mental Health Nursing , pp. 1-10 , doi: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1652871.

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This article provides context to the establishment of advance statements within the Australianmental health setting, in the state of Victoria. A movement to legislate for a more humane andliberal approach to mental health consumer care resulted in changes to the Victorian MentalHealth Act (2014a). This Act mirrored legislative changes across the western world and resulted ina socially progressive movement embracing recovery focussed care and consumer clinician partnerships. Thus, we purport that an identified need for a more liberal way to work with individualswho have a diagnosis of mental ill health was a major aim of this law reform. The advance statement model is seen as a tool in addressing a growing recognition of how mental health providersengage consumers of mental health services, and value their preferences to care received. This article arises from a larger study which has aimed to explore the role and scope of advance statements. This research has sought to demonstrate how advanced statements can be used withinmental health services by providing recommendations for the mental health nursing workforce inrelation to the implementation and deliverables for training.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:James, R and Maude, P and McGrath, I
Journal or Publication Title: Issues in Mental Health Nursing
Publisher: Informa Healthcare
ISSN: 0161-2840
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/01612840.2019.1652871
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Copyright 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC

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