Does mental health and guardianship legislation in Western Australia (WA) protect elderly persons from human rights abuse, and ensure procedural and substantive justice?

Neville Francis Hills

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

This thesis addresses the legal protection of decision-making rights of older people in Western Australia. Legal protection of personal liberty and capacity to make autonomous decisions, such as refusing medical treatment, or deciding where to live, can be eroded by inadequate rights of appeal in mental health legislation, and aged care facility placement practices. The thesis examines and compares the historical development and implementation of protective legislation and practices in Western Australia and England, concluding that deficiencies in current practices call for robust remedies, such as better safeguarding measures and avoidance of unduly complex and ineffective legislation.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Stepniak, Daniel, Supervisor
  • McGivern, Brenda, Supervisor
Award date21 Nov 2016
Publication statusUnpublished - 2016

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