Making an advance healthcare directive

If you are planning ahead, you can make an advance healthcare directive. This arrangement lets you set out your wishes regarding medical and healthcare treatment in case you are unable to make these decisions in the future. Importantly, it lets you write down any treatment you do not want.

You can appoint someone you know and trust as your designated healthcare representative. They will act on your behalf regarding the decisions in your advance healthcare directive. A designated healthcare representative has the power to advise on and interpret your wishes. They can agree to, or refuse treatment on your behalf, based on your advance healthcare directive. 

Doctors and other healthcare professionals must consult your advance healthcare directive if you lose the ability to make a treatment decision. 

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An advance healthcare directive must be made in writing and signed by you, two witnesses, and by your designated healthcare representative, if you decide to have one.

You can write down any treatments you wish to refuse and the circumstances in which this should apply.

You can include requests for specific treatments. Requests for treatments are not legally binding. However, by including them you can make sure they are considered during any related decision-making process.

You can read more about making an advance healthcare directive in our guidance material, which can be found in our Resources section.

Download the Advance Health Directive Form at the link Advance Healthcare Directive Interactive Form