From Substituted to Supported Decision-making: Human Rights, the Law and Everyday Practice

Who makes the decisions in your life? We all make decisions every day – from the seemingly small, to lifechanging – and we often take these for granted.

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) enshrines the right of people with disabilities to make decisions for themselves. Recent law reform in Victoria has foregrounded the importance of supported decision-making. However, these principles are all too often eclipsed in everyday practice by substituted decision-making; where someone else makes decisions for the person with disability. Why does this happen, and is this right?

The Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership is pleased to present a keynote address by the Commonwealth Disability Discrimination Commissioner, Dr. Ben Gauntlett. Dr. Gauntlett will address the tensions between Human Rights, the Law on decision-making in Australia, and everyday practice.

This event will be facilitated by Dr. Keith McVilly, Professor of Disability & Inclusion, and incorporate a panel discussion featuring Dr. John Chesterman, Victorian Deputy Public Advocate; Heather Forsyth, VALID Community Development Worker, and Dr. Jennifer Fitzgerald, CEO, Scope Australia.

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Tue 10th Dec, 20194:00pmIan Potter Auditorium, Melbourne Brain Centre
University of Melbourne

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Scope-University of Melbourne Partnership

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