Plan for the future
Not just powers of attorney
You have the right to make your own decisions about your life.
But in the future you may get sick or injured, and need someone else to make decisions or help you do things. For example, as you get older, you might need help to go to the bank or to get aged care services.
A supportive attorney supports you in making and acting on decisions.
A support person, appointed under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act, helps you make and communicate on you medical treatment decidsions.
An enduring power of attorney continues even when you are unable to make decisions. It can be useful in planning for the future.
A medical treatment decision maker has legal authority to make medical treatment decisions for you if you are unable to do so.
An advance care directive enables you to document your values and preferences for your medical treatment decision maker to consider when making decisions for you. Alternatively, or additionally, it may include an instructional directive with legally binding instructions about future medical treatment you consent to or refuse.
Not sure where to start?
When a person cannot plan for the future
Resources to help carers.
Recent changes to the law
Medical decision making laws changed on 12 March 2018 when the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 commenced.
Protection from abuse
Your attorney must act honestly, diligently and in good faith. If you have an urgent concern, contact the OPA Advice Service.