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Advance Health Directives frequently asked questions

1. If I make an Advance Health Directive do I need to make an Enduring Power of Guardianship too?

You are under no obligation to make an Enduring Power of Guardianship just because you have made an Advance Health Directive, nor do you have to make an Advance Health Directive because you have made an Enduring Power of Guardianship.

However if you chose to make both, you would be increasing the likelihood that in the event you lost decision-making capacity, decisions made on your behalf would reflect the decisions you would have made yourself.

2. If I did not have an AHD or EPG, who would make treatment decisions on my behalf if I was unable to make them myself?

If treatment was needed urgently, the decision would be made by the relevant health professional.

If the treatment was not urgent, the health professional would have to refer to the hierarchy of treatment decision-makers. The decision would need to be made by the person highest on the list (hierarchy) who was available and willing to make the decision.

Last updated: 1-Sep-2016

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