ADVANCE HEALTH DIRECTIVE

An Advance Health Directive allows you to communicate your wishes about what medical treatment you may or may not want in the event you are unable to make the decisions for yourself, i.e whether or not you wish to be resuscitated, have blood transfusions, be put on life support (mechanical ventilation), involuntary feeing and antibiotics. It takes the burden off your family or close friends to make these decisions without knowing your wishes. Advance Health Directives should be made in addition to your Enduring Power of Attorney as the Advance Health Directive details your specific wishes in relation to health matters. Powers given, under a Power of Attorney for health matters are limited and do not allow for decisions to be made to either continue or withhold life sustaining treatment.