New guides to making medical decisions
For when the person lacks capacity to undertake advance care planning
Making medical treatment decisions for someone else can be hard, especially when decisions need to be made quickly.
The Office of the Public Advocate has published two guides to help both medical treatment decision makers and health practitioners through the practical steps involved when a person lacks the decision-making capacity to consent to (or refuse) their own medical treatment.
Developed by a working group led by palliative care consultant and Northern Health's Clinical Lead of Advance Care Planning, Dr Barbara Hayes, the publications provide a guide to:
- the medical decision-making framework
- the role of the medical decision maker
- using advance care directives
- the challenges of making a medical decision for another person
- identifying a person's preferences and values
- medical treatment plans.