Medical Power of Attorney and Anticipatory Direction

Making your views known in advance of lost decision-making capacity

Under the Consent to Medical Treatment and Palliative Care Act 1995 you can make your views known in advance about the types of medical treatment you do or no not want if you can no longer make your own decisions because of illness. 

Medical Power of Attorney

ie (a medical agent)

A Medical Power of Attorney form allows you to appoint someone you trust (medical agent) to make decisions for you when you can no longer make them yourself.  You can also write down instructions for your medical agent which they must follow if they apply to the situation at the time.

Anticipatory Direction

An Anticipatory Direction form allows you to write down the types of medical treatment you do or do not want if you become unable to tell people yourself and you are either in the terminal phase of a terminal illness or a persistent vegetative state. 

You can complete both of these forms.  If you have appointed a medical agent, they must follow the instructions on the Anticipatory Direction if you are dying.


This pamphlet provides you with more information about the two different forms.

An explanation of a Medical Power of Attorney and an Anticipatory Direction (PDF 104KB)


An explanation of these forms and how you can complete them can be found here:

You may fill out these forms online and then print them out.  If you do this you have more space for the information as they will expand to fit your words.  You can also print them out as they are and fill them out by hand. 

Whichever way you decide, the forms must be appropriately signed and witnessed.

If you fill the forms out online, please do not alter any words pre-published on the form.  Your form may not be legally binding if you alter those words.

Further information

For further information on Anticipatory Direction and Medical Power of Attorney, please call:

Office of the Public Advocate

Phone: (08) 8342 8200 or toll free 1800 066 969
Fax: (08) 8342 8250

Palliative Care Council of South Australia Inc.

Phone: (08) 8291 4137 or toll free 1800 660 055
Fax: (08) 8291 4268


Phone: (08) 8273 8401 or toll free 1800 882 222

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