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Clinical Forum: Advance Health Directives for Mental Health

1 March 2018

ADA Australia (ADA) and Queensland Advocacy Incorporated (QAI) are collaborating with the Office of Chief Psychiatry and Metro South Clinical Ethics Service to present a clinical forum focusing on the new Advance Health Directive for Mental Health (AHD-MH). 

Clinicians and health professionals are invited to learn more about this new legal document, and how to encourage individuals with lived experience of mental illness to consider and complete the document.

Special guest speakers

  • Dr John Reilly, Chief Psychiatrist, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist; Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch, Queensland Health
  • Ivan Frkovic, Commissioner, Queensland Mental Health Commission
  • Mary Burgess, Public Advocate

Dr Dr John ReillyJohn Reilly, Chief Psychiatrist, Office of the Chief Psychiatrist, Queensland Health

John Reilly is Chief Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Officer at the Mental Health Alcohol and Other Drugs Branch of the Clinical Excellence Division, Queensland Health, with statutory responsibilities under the Mental Health Act as Chief Psychiatrist.  From 2009-2017 he was Medical Director, Mental Health Service Group, Townsville Hospital and Health Service where his clinical work was in addiction, forensic and adult general psychiatry, including psychotherapy, personality disorder, early psychosis and ECT.  He has particular interests in substance use disorders co-occurring with other mental health disorders and in clinical governance.  He currently chairs the RANZCP Subcommittee for Advanced Training in Addiction Psychiatry and was involved in creation of the Queensland Branch Committee of the Faculty of Addiction Psychiatry.

Ivan FrkovicIvan Frkovic, Commissioner,
Queensland Mental Health Commission

Mary BurgessMary Burgess, Public Advocate

Case study and dynamic panel discussion

Dr Paul Pun will present a case scenario to illustrate how a clinician may illustrate to an individual experiencing mental health concerns how an AHD-MH document may be completed.  The purpose is to focus on their application in practice, improve clinician knowledge.  Improving the knowledge of clinicians aims to ensure the less restrictive way is considered, and people are given the opportunity to have a say in their healthcare to help support their recovery journey.

  • Dr Paul Pun, Clinical Director Mental Health, Mater Hospital; Psychiatrist, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital
  • Todd Bagshaw, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Team, The Prince Charles Hospital
  • Dr Anne-Louise McCawley, Statewide Clinical Education Program Manager, Social Work and Welfare, Queensland Health
  • Karen Williams, Manager, Guardianship Team, ADA Australia; Lawyer; Social Worker
  • Dr Carl Dux, Physician, Emergency Department, Princess Alexandra Hospital
  • Rachel Gehrke, Senior Social Worker, Inner North Continuing Care Team, Metro North Hospital and Health Service
  • Dr Paul Mercer, General Practitioner
  • Jenny Speed, Consumer Advocate

View full program  Register online now


Registration is free and includes a light morning tea.

More information

Last updated 23 February 2018
Last reviewed 16 February 2018