Enduring Guardianship

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

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.