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Australian Capital Territory

In the ACT an advance care plan is made up of three documents: 

1. Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA)

In the ACT, a spouse or next of kin has no legal authority to make formal substitute decisions on your behalf, unless you have appointed them as your attorney, or they have been appointed as your Health Attorney by the treating doctor. For more information visit the ACT Public Advocate.

2. Statement of Choices

A Statement of Choices is a document outlining specific information relating to your wishes and values. The document can be found on the Advance Care Planning Australia website.

3. Health Direction 

A Health Direction is a document used to legally refuse medical treatment generally, or of a particular kind, to be withheld or withdrawn. The document is available from the ACT government.

In the ACT the Respecting Patient Choices program is in place. The program offers facilitators to support development of an advance care plan. For more information go to Advance Care Planning Australia. 


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