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.

Patient information

The Capacity and Capability Clinic is a multidisciplinary professional practice at MQ Health providing a medico-legal capacity and capability assessment service. This supports the autonomy of individuals faced with complex health, welfare, legal or financial decisions.

Clients may contact the clinic direct or be referred by their practitioner. We receive referrals from professionals in health and allied health sectors, estate planning lawyers, financial planners, accountants and others.

At an appointment there is an opportunity for the client, as well as any accompanying family members or supporters, to discuss your objectives with both Dr Lonie and Mr Perkins.

Senior practitioners

The Clinic is operated by the law firm Autonomy First Lawyers Pty Ltd A.B.N. 56 638 723 109. Client appointments are with two experienced senior practitioners:

  • Dr Jane Lonie (Clinical Neuropsychologist – MSc (ClinNeuro) PhD MAPS FCCN CPsychol AFBPsS).
  • Mr Michael Perkins (Trusts & Estates Lawyer).

The Clinic’s focus is on a client’s decision making and estate administration capacity aligned with the client’s family, community and business interests. Initial supporting disciplines are:

  • neuropsychology
  • governance, conflict management and dispute resolution
  • estates practice with a focus on estate governance, conservation, administration and succession.

Outcomes

Client outcomes from the Clinic currently comprise:

  • resolving requirements for informed consent to a range of decisions including:
    • medical treatment proposals
    • aged care entry
    • homecare requirements and service provider evaluation
    • establishing personal representation for pre and post-death requirements
    • evaluating and resolving complex decisions and family conflict
    • evaluating objectives for wealth conservation, administration and succession
    • Centrelink enquiry actions and assistance applications
  • supporting NDIS application and plan reviews
  • supporting Centrelink DSP applications and reviews
  • supporting hospital referred clinical requirements.

Follow-on work

For any proposed follow-on work after the medico-legal service clients are free to consult the Clinic’s practitioners or any other professional of their choice. Follow-on work incurs additional cost.

What to bring to an appointment

For an appointment clients are asked to bring:

  • any documents about which they seek or are being asked to make a decision. Certain types of potentially relevant documents are referenced in a Patient Initial Questionnaire
  • reading glasses and hearing aids if needed
  • someone who can help describe the client’s difficulties if the client is experiencing any problem with thinking abilities or memory.