Medico-Legal 2022 Congress

Legal and medical perspectives on the latest clinical developments in Aotearoa New Zealand

Event Details
separately bookable workshop
Assessment of capacity and mental illness
15 June 2022|9.00am - 12.30pm

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
  • Documenting and reporting on capacity assessments
  • Case studies and challenges when dealing with people with mental illness, such as depression and fluctuating conditions
  • The importance of mental capacity assessment regarding the End-of-Life Choice Act 2019
  • How different approaches to capacity can affect the assessment on patients
  • Review of the Protection of Personal and Property Rights Act
  • Capacity definition in Substance Addiction (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) Act 2017

Professor Kate Diesfeld

Professor of Law

Auckland University of Technology

Professor Kate Diesfeld represented people with developmental disabilities in California. In England, she represented clients before the Mental Health Review Tribunal. She has held academic roles at Kent Law School (England), the University of Waikato (NZ) and Auckland University of Technology (NZ). She was Director of the National Centre for Health Law and Ethics. She co-edited Involuntary Detention and Therapeutic Jurisprudence (2003) and Elder Law in New Zealand (2014). Kate was Book Review Editor for the Journal of Legal Medicine and is Associate Editor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. Also, she supervises interdisciplinary doctorates. Her research focuses on disability, mental health and elder law.

Dr Mark Fisher

Consultant Psychiatrist - MHSOA

Waitemata DHB

Dr Fisher is an experienced consultant psychiatrist who has worked in the areas of dementia and the Psychiatry of Old Age in Auckland, Bay of Plenty and the United Kingdom. He has also had leadership roles in the DHBs and worked to improve DHB services for people with mental health difficulties and dementia.