Advance care planning in Australia: what does the law say?

Australian Health Review – http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AH15120
Authors: Rachel Z. Carter   A,  Karen M. Detering   A  B,  William Silvester   A and  Elizabeth Sutton   A
“Advance care planning (ACP) assists people to plan for their future health and personal care. ACP encourages a person to legally appoint a substitute decision maker (SDM) and to document any specific wishes regarding their future health care in an advance care directive (ACD). Formal documentation of wishes increases the chances that a person’s wishes will be known and followed. However, one of the biggest impediments for doctors following the person’s wishes is uncertainty surrounding the law, which is complicated and varies between the states and territories of Australia.”
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