MQ Health - Macquarie University

Capacity and Capability Clinic

Conducting interviews with clients to produce Capability Medico-legal Evaluation Reports that serve a wide spectrum of needs.

Welcome to the Capacity and Capability Clinic

The Capacity and Capability Clinic is operated by Autonomy First Lawyers in collaboration with MQ Health. MQ Health provides location, administrative support and non-legal clinician support.

Capability Medico-legal Evaluation Reports

The Clinic conducts interviews with clients to produce Capability Medico-legal Evaluation Reports that serve a wide spectrum of needs.

  • Reporting as a medico-legal service on whether a client can give informed consent for a decision. For example, any decision or transaction affecting a client’s health, wealth and wellbeing.
  • Advising on capacity and capability consequences of a range of medical diagnoses including dementia, Parkinson’s disease, other neuro degenerative disorders and psycho-social disorders.
  • Supporting clients to implement supported and substituted decision making when a client is affected by constrained autonomy.
  • Training on autonomy assessment and supported decision making for professionals, referrers and their personnel.
  • Educating clients, and through them their supporting and substitute decision makers, on the legal consequences of any decision or situation of concern.

Autonomy First Lawyers, not MQ Health, has responsibility for the Clinic’s integrated medico-legal service delivery and proposing any follow-on pathways or solutions. The choice of who helps implement these always remains with the client.

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