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.

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Philip Grano

Principal Legal Officer, Office of the Public Advocate

Guardianship and medical treatment resources

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1 July 2020

The following resources can provide further assistance with the issues of guardianship and medical treatment:

  • Guide to the Guardianship and Administration Act 2019 (Vic) (Judicial College of Victoria; www.judicialcollege.vic.gov.au)
  • Advance Care Planning: www.advancecareplanning.org.au
  • BetterHealth: www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/havetheconversation
  • OPA’s website: www.publicadvocate.vic.gov.au/medical-consent
  • DHHS’s website: www2.health.vic.gov.au/hospitals-and-health-services/patient-care/end-of-life-care/advance-care-planning/medical-treatment-planning-and-decisions-act
  • VCAT’s website: www.vcat.vic.gov.au/resources/application-about-medical-treatment-and-advance-care-directives.

For more relevant information, see Chapter 8.4: Mental illness, and Chapter 8.7: Understanding powers of attorney.

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