Appointments of Enduring Guardian/Medical Powers of Attorney

Appointment of Enduring Guardian

In each State and Territory in Australia it is possible to appoint an individual you trust, known as either an enduring guardian or medical attorney (depending on which State or Territory you live in), to make health and lifestyle decisions on your behalf in the event that you do not have the mental capacity to make these decisions for yourself.

An enduring guardian/medical attorney can make decisions about health care, where you live, what services you receive and to consent to dental and medical treatment.

Who Should I Appoint?

It is very important that you appoint an adult that you completely trust to act as your enduring guardian/medical attorney as they will be making important decisions for you.

It is very important that you appoint an adult that you completely trust to act as your enduring guardian/medical attorney as they will be making important decisions for you.

When should I make these appointments?

Appointing an enduring guardian/medical attorney can only occur when you have mental capacity to do so. Therefore it’s a good idea to make these nominations while you are fit and healthy.

Appointing an enduring guardian/medical attorney can only occur when you have mental capacity to do so. Therefore it’s a good idea to make these nominations while you are fit and healthy.

What happens if I lose mental capacity and I have not appointed a medical attorney or guardian?

If you lose mental capacity and you have not appointed an enduring guardian/medical attorney, an individual or organisation (such as the Public Guardian) may be appointed in these roles by the Supreme Court or the Civil and Administrative Tribunal in each State or Territory. The person or organisation selected may not be who you would have chosen for this role.

Take control and decide who will be making these important decisions for you.