This page provides a range of online resources for health professionals about Advance Care Directives.

Changes to the Advance Care Directives Act 2013 and the Advance Care Directives Regulations 2014, commenced on 1 March 2024.

Where to get help and advice

Dispute resolution

Local Health Networks should establish and train advisors or mentors in local services to be the point of contact to answer questions related to Advance Care Directives.

If there are questions or concerns which cannot be resolved locally, the Office of the Public Advocate's Dispute Resolution Service is a 24 hour service that can answer questions in relation to:

  • the scope of a person’s powers under an Advance Care Directive
  • whether a Substitute Decision-Maker can make a decision under the Advance Care Directive
  • whether the person who gave the Advance Care Directive is able to make their own decision or whether the Advance Care Directive applies

The Office of the Public Advocate can issue declarations in relation to the above which will give services certainty they are acting in accordance with the Advance Care Directive

Office of the Public Advocate
Telephone:  (08) 8342 8200

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