The new SA Advance Care Directive Act (2013)
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Decision making in advance and putting enduring powers in place are important for everyone, but particularly for people with dementia.
Understanding the new law and practice associated with Advance Care directives, and the role of the Guardianship Board, including the new Tribunal (SACAT), is an essential part of the role of health professionals. However, many health professionals are unable to assist their clients with advance care planning as they do not understand the law and issues involved.
- Understand the ethical and legal principles which underpin advance directives in South Australia including the new documents under the Advance Care Directives Act 2013 which commenced on 1 July 2014.
- Understand the process of completing the documents, including access to legal information and witnessing.
- Identify the issues and barriers that inhibit people from completing the documents before the loss of capacity.
- Identify the different legal and policy documents in South Australia.
- Discuss the complexities and issues for families when a person loses their decision-making capacity.
- Understand the role of the Guardianship Board, the new South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) and the Public Advocate.
Margaret Brown (Research Fellow with the Hawke Research Institute, University of SA & School of Medicine, University of Adelaide)
Lin Gilfillan (LLB. LLM, Diploma of Legal Practice)
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