Resources

Please click below for the VMIAC resources available.

An Advance Statement is a statement of your treatment preferences in the event you become unwell and requires compulsory mental health treatment; and are finding it difficult to effectively communicate your wishes to your treating team. Please find the link to VMIAC’s Advanced Statement Guide below.

Guide to Advanced Statements Download

A new online resource on Supported-Decision-Making (SDM) is available on the Healthtalk Australia website: http://healthtalkaustralia.org/

The online information modules on the Lived Experience Perspectives website: http://research.healthtalkaustralia.org/supported-decision-making/overview and the Carers’ experiences website: http://research.healthtalkaustralia.org/carers/overview present personal stories of the lived experiences of a diverse group of people with severe mental health problems, their families and carers, and their perspectives on supported decision making and personal recovery.
These websites are targeted to support people with severe mental health problems and their families and carers to make informed decisions about their mental health assessment, treatment and recovery.
The websites also provide mental health practitioners with an educational resource, and inform policymakers and the wider Australian community about the experiences of people with severe mental health problems, their families and carers. Films and audio-recordings are available to watch and hear on these websites.

The production of these internet resources is a key output of the Australian Research Council Linkage research project, titled ‘Options for Supported Decision Making to Enhance the Recovery of People with Severe Mental Health Problems’. Researchers from Monash University and University of Melbourne jointly conducted an interdisciplinary research project by investigating the rights, agency and self-determination of people in the mental health system. The research team was led by Professor Renata Kokanovic (RMIT University). It was supported through partnership with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services, Mind Australia, Neami National, Tandem Carers, Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council and Wellways (formerly Mental Illness Fellowship Victoria).