An enduring power of attorney (medical treatment) is a legal document where you (the donor) appoint someone (the agent) to make medical decisions for you. These may include agreeing to medication, surgery, and other medical procedures. Enduring means it continues (endures) when you are unable to make these types of decisions for yourself. An agent can agree to or refuse medical treatment including your involvement in medical research. They can only refuse medical treatment if:
- the treatment would cause you unreasonable distress, or
- the agent reasonably believes that you would consider the treatment unwarranted.
An agent’s decision takes precedence over those of an enduring guardian you may have appointed who has healthcare powers.
To learn more read our Medical Enduring Power of Attorney Frequently Asked Questions.
Medical Enduring Power of Attorney tool Resources
Click here to read the factsheet published by Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) about Enduring Power of Attorney
Enduring Power of Attorney for Medical Treatment - OPA factsheet
Click here to read the factsheet published by the Office of the Public Advocate (OPA) for agents
Advice for Agents (Medical EPOA) - OPA factsheet
Click here to complete your Medical Enduring Power of Attorney form