Medical Power of Attorney. Powers?

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Medical Power of Attorney. Powers?

Hi Don

A medical enduring power of attorney is a legal document that you sign to appoint a person to make medical decisions on your behalf when you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself. This person will have the authority to decide about your medical care eg surgery, medications etc in consultation with doctors and other relevant people.

An enduring power of attorney must be 18 years of age and should be someone who understands your wishes about medical treatment. Depending on which Australian state you reside in your attorney can also refuse treatment on your behalf.

An enduring medical power of attorney ends when you or your attorney dies, you revoke it ( but you must be mentally competent to do so), or it is cancelled by a court or similar authority.

The legislation appears to vary from state to state so I would suggest that you contact the Office of The Public Advocate (or Public Guardian) in your state to ensure you have the correct information.




If in Victoria there is the booklet "take Control" available from the State Goverment - google for it also - sets out how these powers work and contains draft wills, powers of attorney - financial, medical and general - plus I would suspect the latest version may also contain material for making the 'final call' recently enacted in Victoria