The Supported Decision-Making Pilot Project is one part of a bigger project called Living My Life.

The Project has been funded by the national Mainstream Capacity Building (MCB) Program (Community Grants Hub, on behalf of the National Disability Insurance Agency).

The Office of the Public Advocate (OPA), the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI - Resilience and Wellbeing Centre) and the SA Department of Health and Wellbeing are working together on this project.

The project will be completed in December 2022.

About the project

The OPA is exploring how we can better know and record the wishes of people who have a guardian.

We are also working on ways to help people to be in charge of their own decision making as much as possible. We want to learn more about how to support people to make their own decisions, while keeping them safe.

People who have the Public Advocate as their guardian will be an important part of this Pilot Project.

The OPA guardian will help people to write down their wishes and other decision-making needs in a form called My Life My Wishes. Then, the OPA will use this form to help make decisions in future.

A report will be written at the end of the project that will talk about how useful the My Life My Wishes document has been. It will also talk about how the OPA could use supported decision-making in the future.

More information

For further information contact Emily Thwaites on 1800 066 969 or