Guardians and/or administrators make “lifestyle” decisions for people who are unable to make decisions for themselves. They are appointed by VCAT, who acts in the best interests of the person with a disability. The person’s wishes need to be given effect wherever possible.


Philip Grano

Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

Disputes about medical treatment

Last updated

1 July 2020

VCAT is empowered to hear disputes under the MTPD Act. Applications can be brought to VCAT by eligible people (i.e. a health practitioner, the MTDM, the support person, the Public Advocate, or any other person VCAT is satisfied has a special interest in the person’s affairs). Application forms are available from VCAT’s website ( VCAT is also empowered to advise MTDMs (s 83 MTPD Act).

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