Advance Care Directives are documents giving others the power to make medical decisions for us, when we are unable to make those decisions ourselves.
From 1 July 2014 Advance Care Directives replace:
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Anticipatory Direction
- Enduring Power of Guardianship
If you have one of these documents which was finalised and signed before 1 July 2014, that document is still valid. However, from now on the power to authorise another person to make medical decisions for you must be written in an Advance Care Directive.
There is a set form required for an Advanced Care Directive. It does not need a lawyer to draft it, but it may be best to have a lawyer advise on it. It is intended to simplify and consolidate the previous system of three different documents.
We recommend that an Advance Care Directive be finalised at the same time as finalising a Will and Power of Attorney. The Advance Care Directive and Power of Attorney operate while a person is alive, and the Will comes into effect once a person has died.
We can assist you with finalising an Advance Care Directive.