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Advanced Care Directives: revisions to the law

Wednesday July 24, 2019

Serious concerns have been raised by health practitioners about the difficult and conflicted position they are placed in when caring for patients who had attempted to take their own lives, with an Advanced Care Directive refusing life-saving medical treatment in place. In response to these concerns, the State government revised the law in this area to create an additional exception to the obligation to comply with a binding refusal of health care as recorded in Part 4 of an Advanced Care Directive.   Read More