May 2013 Update

6 May 2013

Over the last week Cher Nicholson, the Coordinator of the South Australian Supported Decision Making project, and currently a member of our OPA Supported Decision Making committee, has been presenting the SA work on Supported Decision Making in Ireland.

As a guest of Amnesty International and the National University of Ireland (Galway) she presented the SA work in a session as part of a program on Supported Decision-Making in Theory and Practice:  Ireland’s Capacity Bill”.  Others on the program included Gerard Quinn, the Director of the Centre for Disability Law and Policy at NUI Galway and European presenters.

Cher’s session was well received and she had gone onto present a number of workshops on the practice of Supported Decision Making at different centres in Ireland.

Closer to home Supported Decision Making is becoming a key approach in disability reform at both a state and national level.  A person can be helped to make their own decisions about which services to receive, rather than have other people unnecessarily make decisions for them.  It is being incorporated into the SA Governments Disability Services Individualised Funding program on a trial basis, using approaches developed at the OPA.

With respect to the NDIS, Earlier this year the Public Advocate presented the SA Supported Decision Making project outcomes to David Bowen, Chief Executive of the NDIS Launch Transition Agency, and Nick Hartland a senior executive at the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

Subsequently the NDIS released draft rules including those for ‘nominees’.  To read a copy of our comments about these rules, as well as the draft of the rules that were the basis of the comments Click Here

Also, previously published on this website has been a summary of the outcomes from the SA Project and the Independent Evaluation of this work.