Choosing a medical treatment decision maker
If you decide to appoint a person, or people, who will have legal authority to make medical decisions for you, think about what qualities are important to you. For example, you may want someone who:
- is willing to listen to, and act on, your wishes rather than their own
- is trustworthy
- has the skill and time required
- is willing to take on the role with all its responsibilities
- can communicate effectively and is willing to consult with others
- understands and respects your culture and connections with your community.
Whoever you choose should be someone you trust to respect your values and preferences.
You can appoint more than one person, but only one person acts at any one time.
You can download the appointment form, from the Health Vic website
There is a long version and short version of the form.
If you want to appoint more than two medical treatment decision makers, use the long version.
If you cannot physically sign the form, use the form Appointment of medical treatment decision maker for someone signing on your behalf
You need to sign the form in front of two witnesses.
One must be:
- a registered medical practitioner (medical doctor)
- authorised to witness affidavits.
The Department of Justice & Community Safety website has a full list of people who can witness affidavits.
Neither witness can be a person who is being appointed in the document.