At appointments with clinicians (consultations)

Family members can help give the clinician helpful information about:

  • your illness history and symptoms
  • what is ‘normal’ and what is ‘not normal’ or out of character for you
  • your early warning signs or triggers for relapse
  • what matters most to you (e.g. your values, goals and preferred treatment options)
  • how well you are responding to treatment and coping with side effects.
During consultations, family can give your clinician helpful information.

Attending consultations can also be helpful for family members, as they can:

  • ask questions
  • discuss any concerns about recommended treatment options
  • better understand the treatment options
  • discuss options with you after the consultation before coming to a final decision.