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Objects of the Act

The Advance Care Directives Act 2013 sets out the following objects [s 9]:

  • to enable competent adults to give directions about their future health care, residential and accommodation arrangements and personal affairs
  • to enable competent adults to express their wishes and values in respect of health care, residential and accommodation arrangements and personal affairs, including by specifying outcomes or interventions that they wish to avoid
  • to enable competent adults to allow decisions about their future health care, residential and accommodation arrangements and personal affairs to be made by another person on their behalf
  • to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable and appropriate, that health care that is provided to a person who has given an advance care directive accords with the person's directions, wishes and values
  • to ensure that the directions, wishes and values of a person who has given an advance care directive are considered in dealing with the person's residential and accommodation arrangements and personal affairs
  • to protect health practitioners and others giving effect to the directions, wishes and values of a person who has given an advance care directive
  • to provide mechanisms for the resolution of disputes relating to decisions made on behalf of those who have given an advance care directive.
Objects of the Act  :  Last Revised: Thu Jul 3rd 2014
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