New medical decision making laws

What you need to know

The new Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 makes some significant changes to medical tratment decision making for Victorians such as:

  • New binding instructional directives which let people record medical treatment they could consent to, or refuse, if they lost the ability to make their own decisions
  • New values directives for people to express preferences, wishes and values to guide other people who may be making future medical treatment decisions for them
  • Requiring consideration for a person's own preferences, wishes and values, when making a decision for someone who cannot communicate or make their own decisions
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There are a number of other important changes that health practitioners and the community need to know about before the new Act comes into effect in March 2018.

For more information and to register for the upcoming education sessions, please click here .

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