Enduring Guardianship

An Enduring Guardianship and Advanced Care Directive help inform what lifestyle and health decisions are to be followed should you not have capacity to make them for yourself.

Why it's important

An Enduring Guardianship is a document authorising someone to make lifestyle, health and medical decisions for you.

This could be if you become ill or injured and are unable to make such decisions for yourself. 

An Enduring Guardian can influence or decide:

  • where you live
  • what health and personal services you receive 
  • the medical treatment you get

The person you appoint should be someone you trust and who understands the importance of their responsibilities.

You can give directions to your Enduring Guardian about how you want them to perform their role.

An example of a direction you may want to give could be that they seek advice from your doctor or medical specialists before making certain decisions. 

Advance Care Directive

An Advance Care Directive is also known as a living will. It lets people know in advance what health care treatments you'd like to have, or refuse, in case you are seriously ill or injured and unable to make decisions about your care and treatment.

An Advance Care Directive can only be made by adults who have capacity to make such decisions.

An Advance Care Directive is separate to, but a complement to an Enduring Guardianship appointment

An Advance Care Directive may include one or more of the following:

  • details of what is important to you, such as your values, life goals and preferred outcomes
  • the treatments and care you would like or would refuse if you are in the later stages of a terminal illness
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