Dalton family presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship

Dalton family presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship

Dalton family presentation at the 2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship

This is the presentation that Michael and Marianne Dalton gave at the 2nd World Congress on Adult Guardianship on behalf of Carers Victoria. They spoke about their their daughter who has multiple disabilities, and the frustrating and heartbreaking experiences they went through when their legal guardianship was revoked, despite their daughter's disabilities precluding her from making her own, independent decisions.

See also Carers Victoria's Proposed guardianship reforms: what do they mean for caring families?

In 2009 it was recognised that the Guardianship and Administration Act 1986 was in need of significant reform to accommodate the ageing of the population and the projected increases in the numbers of older people who develop disabilities or chronic illnesses that affect their decisionmaking capacity. There was a need to accommodate changes in current community policy and attitudes towards people with decision-making disabilities. In addition, there was a need to ensure more Victorians with capacity take up the opportunity to appoint Enduring Attorneys or Enduring Guardians to help them make decisions should they lose the capacity to make their own decisions in the future.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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