ADVANCE HEALTH CARE DIRECTIVE
This form deals with your future health care.
The time may come when you cannot speak for yourself. By
completing this form, you can give directions about what medical
treatment you would want, or not want, at such a time.
This Advanced Health Care Directive has been developed by Professor Colleen Cartwright, Director,
Aged Services Learning and Research Collaboration Southern Cross University, Coffs Harbour.
The document was originally developed for use under the Queensland Powers of Attorney Act 1998
and is part of that legislation. Professor Cartwright has written the document to reflect NSW law.
Prof Cartwright may be contacted by email email@example.com or by phone on (02) 6659 3382
Every competent adult has the legal right to accept or refuse any recommended health care. This is
relatively easy when people are well and can speak for themselves.
Unfortunately, during severe illness people are often unconscious or otherwise unable to
communicate their wishes - at the very time when many critical decisions need to be made.
By completing this Advance Health Care Directive, you can make your wishes known before this
What is an Advance Health Care Directive?
An Advance Health Care Directive is a document that states your wishes or directions
regarding your future health care for various medical conditions. It comes into effect only
if you are unable to make your own decisions.
You may wish your directive to apply at any time when you are unable to decide for
yourself, or you may want it to apply only if you are terminally ill.
Can anyone make an Advance Health Care Directive?
Yes, anyone who is over eighteen years of age and is capable of understanding the nature
of their directions and foreseeing the effects of those directions can generally make an
Advance Health Care Directive.
What do I need to consider before making an Advance Health Care Directive?
You should think clearly about what you would want your medical