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

Guardianship and medical treatment resources

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

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

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