Learn about the DSS with Olivia O’Leary

03 Mar, 2022


Broadcast and journalist, Olivia O’Leary, will moderate a live virtual event at 11am on Friday morning, March 11th that is open to anyone and seeks to provide an informed and engaging update on the launch of the Decision Support Service (DSS).

As part of the hour-long event, Olivia will interview dementia ambassador, Helen Rochford-Brennan; the Director of the DSS, Áine Flynn; and the Chief Executive of the Mental Health Commission, John Farrelly.

The DSS, which is being established by the Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015, is an essential service for all adults who have difficulties with decision-making capacity. This may include people with an intellectual disability, mental illness or acquired brain injury, as well as people with neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia who may need supports to make decisions.

Importantly, the Act also provides enhanced tools to allow all people to plan ahead by way of enduring powers of attorney and advance healthcare directives. This is because at a future time, any person could experience difficulty exercising their right to make their own decisions, due to accident or degenerative illness.

The event will help explain the key reforms that the Act will deliver, focusing particularly on its impact on individual adults who may need assistance with decision-making now and into the future.

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