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Without informed consent, tread warily to protect the person's legal rights

Published: July 2018

The number of people with dementia in New Zealand has risen by 30% in six years and, by 2050, it is projected it will reach at least 150,000. This article considers the situation of people detained in secure aged care facilities who do not have a welfare guardian or activated enduring power of attorney (EPOA). Such people may express a strong desire to go home. This article also considers the basis on which such people may be detained and in particular whether Right 7(4) of the Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers’ Rights (the Code) can be the legal basis for transferring a person to a secure unit in a residential care facility and the ongoing treatment/detention of such a resident. 

Unexpected event during surgery, and informed consent

Published: May 2018

This article considers a recent HDC case relating to decisions made during surgery during which a young woman had both fallopian tubes removed (15HDC01847). A 20-year-old woman had consulted a gynaecologist about her endometriosis. The gynaecologist performed a diagnostic laparoscopy, during which it was found that the woman had stage four endometriosis and a “markedly thickened” left fallopian tube.

Broadening access and ongoing support for people with mental health and addiction need – re-thinking the role of primary and community care

Published: March 2018
In February this year the Mental Health Commissioner released his first monitoring and advocacy report into New Zealand’s mental health and addiction services.