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QC40: Capacity Assessment Training and Advance Health Directives (elearning)

Event Details
Date: Ongoing
Venue: Online
CPD hrs: 2


Organiser: Queensland Centre for Mental Health Learning

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The Mental Health Act 2016 (MHA2016) Capacity Assessment and Advance Health Directives (AHDs) course provides opportunity for clinicians to apply knowledge and skills to clinical scenarios that are related to these components of the legislation.

The course is aimed at mental health clinicians and students. It may be particularly useful for Authorised Doctors, Psychiatry Registrars, and Authorised Mental Health Practitioners.

The main purposes of this course is to provide a working understanding of capacity assessment as it relates to mental health treatment, and to provide knowledge and skills in the development and use of Advance Health Directives with mental health consumers.

The course consists of two (2) x one (1) hour on-line modules. They use interactive media, video scenarios, quizzes and activities to introduce and apply knowledge and skills in relation to capacity assessment and AHDs.

The modules use quiz activities to reinforce learning. There is no formal assessment or evaluation of competence; however a toolkit of resources includes examples to support application in practice. The toolkit of resources is included for use in face-to-face training deliveries. These resources include further application activities, video scenarios, and supervision tools.

Modules in this course build on the area covered in the MHA2016 on-line learning available via Queensland Health iLearn.

Learning objectives

Module one: Capacity Assessment
This module aims to provide learners with:

  • an overview of the Mental Health Act 2016 criteria for capacity;
  • an understanding of the barriers to capacity assessment and the factors that can improve capacity assessment;
  • an understanding of stability and capacity; and
  • the application of assessment of capacity to consent and treatment to clinical scenarios.

Module two: Advance Health Directives
This module aims to provide learners with:

  • an understanding of the purpose of the Advance Health Directive (AHD) in relation to mental health;
  • an understanding of the legislative framework supporting the AHD;
  • an overview of how an AHD can support the person’s consent to treatment and views, wishes and preferences, at times when they lack capacity to consent treatment; and
  • an understanding of the role of the AHD attorney.




2 hours of online learning

Registration and other information

Register online at:
For assistance phone: (07) 3271 8837.

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