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Values and preferences for future medical treatment

Values and preferences for future medical treatment

By Bill O'Shea and Rebecca Park

Capacity Health Wills 


A new act to consolidate medical treatment laws and ensure a person’s values and preferences are followed came into force in Victoria on 12 March 2018. Snapshot. A person can appoint a medical treatment decision maker to make medical treatment decisions on their behalf when the person loses decision making capacity for medical treatment. A person can make an advance care directive for future medical treatment after they lose decision making capacity for medical treatment which can include an instructional directive which must be followed and a values directive which must be considered.

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