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Julian Laurens, Shona Bates, Rosemary Kayess, Karen Fisher
People with cognitive impairment may need additional support for day-to-day decision-making as well as more significant decisions.
This support may be provided formally through services, and informally by family and friends.
This is different to substitute decision-making where someone else makes a decision for them – this may be done by parents (for someone under 18 years) or by legally appointed guardians or trustees.
Reviewed existing research on supported decision-making.
This identified key components, legal requirements, and safeguards of supported decision-making.
Engaged key stakeholders in terms of current decision-making supports and support needs.
This included government stakeholders, statutory organisations and disability organisations.
Led to the development of a Principles and Guide for supported decision-making and identified how stakeholders can implement the Principles and Guide.