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Benefits of an Advance Health Directive (AHD)

If you required treatment but were unable to communicate your wishes, your AHD would effectively speak for you.

Health professionals would have to refer to it - and respect your wishes - even if you had an enduring guardian because in the hierarchy of treatment decision-makers, an AHD has precedence over the authority of an enduring guardian except in very limited circumstances.

Last updated: 29-Oct-2015

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