“My cousin has dementia and has ended up in hospital needing an operation. But I am not sure who needs to give consent for the operation to go ahead.”
- Except in emergencies, doctors need to get consent from a person before performing any operation or other medical procedure on them.
- If the person is not able to give consent, State and Territory laws list categories of people (e.g. guardian, spouse, carer, parent) who can give consent.
- Details of requirements from each State and Territory can be found here.