The Assessment of Decision-Making Capacity

Price (incl GST)
Members Single price $88.00
Non-Members Single price $176.00
Students Single price $66.00

  • Registrations close 24 hours before the expiry date
  • All delegates must be registered to participate in training and be eligible to earn PSR points
  • Registrants choosing the Member class will be contacted if they are not financial SPA members with the option to pay the difference for Non Member registration or cancel and receive a refund.
  • Each person must register - single registration cost is for each individual, not per site.
  • SPA Student members can contact SPA to organise registrations at student member rates


  • Expiry Date: 24 January 2020
  • Duration: 90 minutes
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Session Overview:

This event will cover:

  • Qualitative evidence around the SLP community’s current involvement in capacity assessments.
  • A summary of the main points from the relevant legislation will be presented.
  • General principles of assessment will be discussed, including presumption of capacity, triggers for assessment, balancing an individual’s autonomy with their need of protection from harm, human rights, legal requirements
  • Best practice principles will be included, such as timing of assessment, specificity, the role of formal assessments, who to involve, step-by-step process
  • A list of points to include in documentation, and an example
  • Discussion of different types of substitute decision-makers (formal and informal).

What I will learn:

Following this online event participants will be able to:

  • Understand the variance in current SLP practice in the assessment of decision-making capacity
  • Understand the main general points of legislation relating to capacity
  • Identify general principles, and best practice, in the assessment of decision-making capacity
  • Demonstrate increased confidence with documenting outcomes of capacity assessments
  • Understand possible alternatives when a patient lacks capacity
  • Apply the above knowledge to case studies

Who should attend?

  • Registrants must be speech pathologists.
  • This event is relevant for speech pathologists working with adult clients with impaired communication and / or cognition secondary to neurological damage. (It is not aimed at SLPs working within a Mental Health or Disability Service setting, however there may be some generalizable information).
  • It will be most useful for clinicians working within an in-patient setting
  • The event is introductory, no prior experience with capacity assessments required.
  • Registrants should be familiar with the clinical presentation of neurologically impaired in-patients with communication / cognitive deficit
  • Speech pathology students who are close to completing their studies may find this of interest

What do I need to read beforehand?

  • There are no recommended pre-readings.

CPD Points awarded: 1.5 PSR points


Jennifer Boulter Jennifer Boulter
BSpchPath, CPSP
Queensland Health: Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service