Lecture Notes
Who you gonna call? Decision-making at end-of-life – Dr Joel Rhee

Person Responsible Hierarchy

If a patient cannot consent to their own treatment then the practitioner should seek consent from the patient’s ‘person responsible’

  1. An appointed guardian
  2. Most recent spouse/de facto/same sex partner who person has close and continuing relationship with the patient
  3. Unpaid carer who is providing support to person
  4. Relative/friend/neighbour who has a close personal relationship with the person

You can find out more about consent and substitute decision makers here (also summarised here).

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