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Advance Health Directive

Another legal document that you may need to consider is an Advance Health Directive (AHD). It is a document that allows you to give directions as to your future health care that will take effect after you lose capacity to make the decision yourself.

If you need more information about Advance Health Directives please contact our specialist Wills and Estates lawyers on 13 43 63. Our Queensland offices are in Brisbane, Logan, North Lakes, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns.

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What is an Advance Health Directive (AHD)?

What is an Advance Health Directive (AHD)?

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An Advance Health Directive (AHD) is not the same as an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA). An AHD goes further than an EPOA and allows you to give directions as to your future health care that will take effect after you lose capacity to make the decision yourself.

Why you might need one

The purpose of an AHD is to give you the confidence that your health care wishes will be carried out if you cannot speak for yourself.  An AHD is particularly important for people who are concerned that they have no close relatives or friends who are aware of their health care wishes.

You can direct the type of medical treatment or palliative care you wish to receive if you are diagnosed with a terminal, incurable or irreversible condition, are permanently unconscious or in a persistent vegetative state.

For AHD to be valid, it will be forwarded you to take to your doctor for advice on various medical procedures. You must then sign the AHD in the presence of your doctor who will certify that you understand the decisions you have made in your AHD.

An AHD cannot be used to permit voluntary euthanasia, or to accelerate the death of a person.

We recommend you review your AHD every 3 – 5 years or if your health changes significantly.

For more information about Advanced Health Directives, please contact us on 1800 683 928 or via our online enquiry form.

More information Advance Health Directives

We have developed the information flyer below that summarises our Advance Health Directive services and process.

Turner Freeman Lawyers Advance Health Directives information

 

 

 

 

 

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Get in touch with us

Get in touch with us

Our specialist Wills and Estates lawyers are experts in this area of law and are able to assist you with drafting an Advance Health Directive. Please contact us either by submitting an online enquiry or by calling directly on 13 43 63. Alternatively visit us in Brisbane, Logan, North Lakes, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Cairns.

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