Medical Treatment and Advance Care Directives

If you are concerned about an advance care directiveDefinitionA document that sets out a person’s binding instructions or preferences and values about medical treatment. The directive is referred to when the person does not have the capacity to make decisions about their medical treatment. or a medical treatment decision made by either the medical treatment decision makerDefinitionA person who has the authority to make medical treatment decisions on behalf of another person. or the person who made the appointment, apply to VCAT.

What we can do

  • Decide the validity of an advance care directive.
  • Review a medical treatment decision, including the appointment of a medical treatment decision maker or support personDefinitionIn cases about medical treatment and advance care directives, this is someone who represents another person’s interests about medical treatment. They support a person to make, communicate and help bring about the person’s medical treatment decisions. .
  • Provide advice or direction to a medical treatment decision maker or health practitioner about an advance care directive or someone's medical treatment.
  • Review a decision about a medical research procedureDefinitionA procedure carried out for medical research. For example, a procedure as part of a clinical trial. .