A choice


your voice

When a person prepares their Advance Care Plan, they invite someone to be their substitute decision-maker. If the person loses the ability to make their own healthcare decisions, the substitute decision-maker can make decisions on their behalf.

The substitute decision-maker has an important role in the advance care planning process.

Your substitute decision-maker should be;
•    someone you trust
•    someone who will listen carefully to your wishes and values
•    available (ideally live in the same city or region) 
•    over the age of 18
•    prepared to communicate clearly and confidently on your behalf when talking to your doctors, other health professionals and family members.

You can complete a document to legally appoint your chosen person. Depending on your state/territory, you may be able to appoint more than one substitute decision-maker.

Depending on your state/territory, substitute decision- makers can also be referred to as: 
•    enduring guardian
•    medical enduring power of attorney
•    agent
•    decision-maker.

Your substitute decision-maker will only be called upon if you are no longer able to communicate your healthcare wishes or make your own medical decisions yourself.


The Government of South Australia produced this video