Inclusion Ireland held a seminar on Assisted Decision-Making and its Annual General Meeting at the Academy Plaza Hotel in Dublin on Saturday the 9th of June.
The event was well attended and speakers included; Áine Flynn, Director of the Decision Support Service; Jacqueline Grogan, Assisted Decision Making Project Manager of the HSE; and self-advocates Martin Rowan, Sarah-Jane Lavin, Fiona Gallagher and Paul Alford.
Áine Flynn explained what the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act is about, when it will be fully in place and what Áine's organisation’s responsibilities are.
Áine also said that there is a new measurement for capacity and it is a "functional" test. The functional test is about "ability not disability" and we start by assuming a person is able to make their own decisions.
Jacqueline Grogan, Assisted Decision Making Project Manager of the HSE, spoke about what the Health Service Executive is doing about decision-making.
Jacqueline asked if healthcare providers are ready to replace a "best interest" approach with a "will and preference" approach. The HSE has been preparing by consulting with more than 4,000 HSE staff members and organisations around decision-making.
Self-advocates Martin, Sarah-Jane, Fiona and Paul spoke about what decision-making means to them. Being able to make decisions about your life and what happens to you were the main themes.
You can download Inclusion Ireland's Annual Report for 2017 here.
You can download Áine Flynn's presentation here.
You can view Jacqueline Grogan's presentation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.