What is an Advance Statement?
An Advance Statement documents what treatment you would like in case you require compulsory mental health treatment. Treatment means the things used to relieve the symptoms and distress caused by being unwell.
In the event that you receive compulsory mental health treatment, doctors and other people in your treating team have to consider what treatment you would like, including preferences you have written in your Advance Statement.
Advance Statements are not required to be considered if you are receiving voluntary treatment, but it could still be a useful way for you to let your doctors know what treatments you prefer.
More information about Advance Statements for Carers and Consumers
If you would like more information about Advance Statements, you can download the Advance Statement Carers and Consumers Guide here.
More information about Advance Statements for Service Providers
The Victorian Department of Health has released a Mental Health Advance Statement Practice Guide and Training Facilitator's Manual to assist service providers in how to use Mental Health Advance Statements within a supported decision-making framework under the Mental Health Act 2014.
The guides have been developed to assist with the introduction, development and use of mental health advance statements (advance statements) within a supported decision-making framework under the Mental Health Act 2014 (Vic).