Guardianship and decision-making

Guardianship, substitute decision-making and rights-based alternatives for people with cognitive impairment are not well understood.

After this webinar you will have a better understanding of these concepts and how to uphold self-determination through supported decision-making.
  • Duration: 1 hr 30min
  • Date recorded: 30 June 2022
  • Includes: Transcription and closed captioning
Price: A$59 includes GST.
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This webinar is part of our Supported Decision-making series and can be purchased at a discounted rate in a bundle. This webinar takes a rights-based approach to communication access and support for decision-making, with a focus on home and living situations.
People with disability and their families can email us for free access to this webinar.

Our panel of experts will discuss:

  • What guardianship is and what decisions can be made by guardians
  • The complexities of ‘best interests’, dignity of risk and safeguards
  • The limits and challenges of substitute decision-making
  • Rights-based alternatives
  • How to enable good supported decision-making

About the presenters

Justine O’Neill - CEO of Council for Intellectual Disability

Justine O’Neill is the Chief Executive Officer of Council for Intellectual Disability (CID). Justine works with CID to advocate for the rights of people with intellectual disability and to build on CID’s mission to create a community where all people with intellectual disability are valued.
Previously the Assistant Public Guardian in NSW, Justine has more than 20 years’ experience in service delivery, advocacy, policy development and management. Justine has been active in the movement towards support for decision-making for many years and currently leads 4 supported decision-making projects at CID.

Ricky Kremmer - Project Worker at Council for Intellectual Disability

Ricky Kremmer is a Project Worker at the Council for Intellectual Disability. He is working to develop confidence in people with intellectual disability to make their own decisions by knowing their rights and having conversations with supporters about making decisions.
Ricky has made a video about vaccination information and contributed to a 2021 ASID conference paper about co-designing online. He has also worked as a Peer Advisor for Ability Links (St Vincent de Paul Society). Ricky has co-written and acted in “Short Changed”, with Waverly Community Living Program for the Focus on Ability film festival. With Bus Stop Films, he interviewed parents for the documentary “What was it like?”.  This film was shown at the 2020 FlickerFest and various film festivals. He took part in an internship with Fremantle Media, working on Australia’s Got Talent and has also studied the Uni2Beyond program at Sydney University.

Natalie Wade - Founder and Principal Lawyer at Equality Lawyers

Equality Lawyers is the law firm for people with disability, their families and supporters. They provide legal advice and representation on everyday legal issues such as discrimination, the NDIS, social security law and wills and estates. Natalie Wade is the Founder and Principal Lawyer of Equality Lawyers, and is a leader in providing premium legal advice and representation to people with disability and their families. ​

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This webinar is also included in our Supported Decision-making bundle:

The bundle includes 4 webinars that will build your understanding of how to enable good supported decision-making.