Act now to legally appoint your preferred person
If you have any concerns that the person who would be asked to make future decisions on your behalf will not be the person you would have wanted, then you can act now and legally appoint your preferred person.
This will give you peace of mind that any decisions will be made by someone you have confidence in. A person appointed by you as your substitute decision-maker for healthcare only takes on this role if you lose capacity to make your own decisions. They do not have the power to manage your financial affairs – unless they have also been appointed separately to take that role.
While the general principles underlying legal appointment of a substitute decision-maker for healthcare are similar across Australia, the terms used, regulations and witnesses required vary among the states and territories.
It is vital that you use the appropriate forms for where you live.