Finding further information about the ADMA Act 2015

30 May, 2022


There is a significant amount of interest among people for information about various aspects of the Assisted Decision-Making Capacity Act, 2015.

As our stakeholder engagement programme intensifies and organisations implement their own plans for getting ready for the new legislation, the desire for more targeted and specialised information is increasing.

We are receiving an increasing number of detailed queries and complex medical case studies from people and organisations as they contemplate various scenarios when the Act commences in full.

Information about the Act and the DSS

The DSS is the authority on the 2015 Act. We have recorded several information sessions for anyone who wants to know about the legislation in more detail.

For an overall introduction of the Act click here

For a detailed presentation on the Act click here

For a presentation for financial professionals on the Act on our YouTube Channel click here

For answers to the most frequently asked questions click here

If you want an explanation leaflet and posters for your organisation, email or ring 01 2119750

If you want to read the stories of different people and how the Act will affect them, click here

If you want to read the Act in full, click here

General guidance for healthcare professionals

If you have queries on consent and how to handle different scenarios on consent, click here

If you wish to explore aspects of positive risk taking and 'unwise' decisions, click here

If you want help and guidance on advance care planning and DNAR, click here

If you want guidance on the functional assessment of capacity and explore some case studies, click here

If you work for the HSE and have questions, click here

If you want to know how and when to engage with the Decision Support Service, click here

Guidance for specific professionals

The following links are for people who have detailed case studies of difficult situations and would like some guidance from their professional organisation.

Social Care professionals click here

Social Worker Professionals click here

Speech and Language Therapists click here

HSE healthcare staff click here

Nurses and Midwives professionals click here

Psychiatric nurses professionals click here

Doctors and consultants click here

Guidance for Wards of Court

HSE guidance document for healthcare workers in relation to Wardship can be accessed from this link Wardship

Courts Service and DSS event was recorded and can be accessed through this link Courts Service and DSS event

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