Capacity Assessment Symposium
Shaun McCarthy hosts Capacity Assessment Symposium
Mr Shaun McCarthy from the Newcastle Law School along with Associate Professor Nola Ries (UTS) and Dr John Ward, Geriatrician, hosted a Capacity Assessment Symposium in conjunction with the Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute and Hunter New England Health District at Noah's Hotel at Newcastle Beach. The 100 attendees included geriatricians, psychiatrists, nurses, GP’s, aged care assessment workers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, mental health clinicians, social workers and lawyers. Alan Cameron, Chairperson of the NSW Law Reform Commission, was the keynote speaker who discussed the outcomes of the Commission’s recent report into the Review of the Guardianship Laws in NSW. The topics for the symposium included medical capacity assessment – methodology, issues and dangers, practical issues in capacity assessment and assisted decision making for older persons.