Find ways to support them manage their emotions, thoughts and behaviours as they move through life.
Develop a diagnosis so that they can be referred to further specialists.
Find out if they are ‘normal’ according to diagnostic criteria in DSM-5 or the ICD-11.
Suggest a label for them to live by so that they can adjust their lives accordingly.
Treating them exactly as you would an adult to prove that you respect them
Listening more than you speak to encourage the young person to share what they are thinking
Ensuring you give the time, space and privacy to tell their own story
Respecting who they are and their distinctive views
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Act 2010
Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009
Health and Safety (Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Act 2011
Health Practice Board of Australia Act 2014
A health practitioner has the right to administer care once he/she has informed the patient what is happening.
An individual has the right to choose to accept or reject recommended medical care.
A health practitioner has the right to administer care when a family member of the patient has been informed.
An individual has the right to accept, but not reject recommended medical care.
Intervention in a situation where an individual chooses to leave a hospital setting without treatment, and against medical advice.
A health professional may limit the autonomy of a customer if they have harmed medical staff.
Intervention that is deemed appropriate when someone is a harm risk to others.
The theory that if a person has self-harmed they are more likely to do it again.
An advance care agreement or directive can be written only if the individual concerned has the capacity to do so.
In Australia today, all mental health legislation overrides advance care directives.
In Australia today, advanced care directives are the final word for all medical care administration.
An advanced care directive can only be created once, there is no capacity to change it.
Personal safety — does the person present an immediate risk to self or others?
Does the health professional possess all the relevant information about the situation?
The consequences of not acting.
Litigation — is the health professional likely to face legal action as a result of this action?
In the person’s best interests
Undertaken with informed consent unless the person fails the tests of capacity
Involuntary mental health treatment orders and breach requirements documentation.
The provision of least restrictive health care.
Supported use of electroconvulsive therapy and psychosurgery.
supported decision-making models rather than traditional guardianship‐type models.
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