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The Public Advocate may:

  • give preliminary assistance to help resolve the matter [Advance Care Directives Act 2013 (SA) s 45(1)]
  • mediate the matter [s 45(2)]
  • make a declaration about certain specified matters [s 45(5)(a)]
    • a declaration as to the nature and scope of a person's powers or responsibilities under the advance care directive
    • a declaration as to whether or not a particular act or omission is within the powers, or discharges the responsibilities, of a person under the advance care directive
    • a declaration as to whether or not the person who gave the advance care directive has impaired decision-making capacity in relation to a specified decision
  • give advice to the parties [s 45(5)(b)].

The Public Advocate may refer a matter he is mediating to SACAT [s 45(3)], or refer a request for a declaration or advice on the basis that it would be more appropriate for the matter to go to SACAT [s 45(7), s 46].

See the Office of the Public Advocate's website for more information.

Public Advocate  :  Last Revised: Fri Mar 27th 2015
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