There may be times when you want someone to support you to make medical treatment decisions.
One way to have this support is to appoint a support person under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.
Someone appointed as your support person under this Act can support you to:
- communicate and
- give effect to
your medical treatment decisions.
Representing your interests
The support person can also represent your interests in relation to your medical treatment. For example, you might tell them what you want, or do not want, and they may help you talk to your doctors, nurses, and other health practitioners about this.
They can do this even if you become so unwell that you are not able to make your own decisions at the time.
However, your support person does not have power to make medical treatment decisions for you, unless they are also your medical treatment decision maker.
Accessing your health information
Your support person has authority to access (get) your health information to help you make a decision. For example, they could access information from your medical records. They can only access the same information that you are able to access.
To appoint a support person, complete the 'Appointment of a support person' form available from the Health Victoria website (link in the 'Support person forms' box on the right) or in the Side by Side booklet.