Advanced Care Directive
This is a legal form that allows people over the age of 18 years to:
- Write down their wishes preferences and instructions for future health care, end of life, living arrangements and personal matters, or
- Appoint one or more Substitute Decision Makers to make these decisions on their behalf when they are unable to do so themselves
It cannot be used to make financial decisions. If you have written a refusal of health care, it must be followed if relevant to the circumstances at the time. All other information written in your Advance Care Directive is advisory and should be used as a guide to decision-making by your Substitute Decision Maker(s), your health practitioners or anyone else making decisions on your behalf. It is your choice whether or not to have an Advanced Care Directive. No one can force you to have one or to write things you do not want. These are offences under the law.
You can change your Advance Care Directive at any time while you are still able by completing a new Advance Care Directive Form. Your new Advance Care Directive Form will replace all other documents you may have completed previously, for example an Enduring Power of Guardianship, Medical Power of Attorney or Anticipatory Direction.