Australian Medical POA
Who looks after you, when you can't? The government, retirement home or doctors? Should they control your body? Do you trust your family more? If so make an Australian Medical POA. See a Sample here.
Wife trapped in a retirement facility?
Our client had a wife. She was trapped in a high-end aged care facility. She had Alzheimer's Disease. Our client wanted to get her out. The home said he had no right to touch or move a person. Not even a wife. He rang me in tears. I told him to go home and get the Medical Power of Attorney. He got it. He took it to the retirement facility. He got his wife out.
Escape a bad hospital
Our client's wife was in a hospital. The doctors were 'behaving like Gods, not doctors'. Our client presented the Medical POA. And he moved her to another hospital. There was nothing the doctors could do.
What can a Medical Power of Attorney do?
The Medical POA allows you to appoint loved ones. If you lose mental capacity then they decide your:
- personal lifestyle
- where you live
- medical treatment
But only if you can't make decisions yourself.
A Medical POA is also called:
- Enduring Power of Guardianship
- Enduring Guardianship
- Medical Enduring POA
What decisions can an enduring guardian make?
An enduring guardian makes decisions about:
- where you live, whether permanently or temporarily
- who you will live with
- whether you work
- consent to medical & dental treatment
- protecting life or 'flicking the switch when in a vegetable like state'
Do I need a Medical POA in every State I live in?
Becuase Australia is a federation of States each State has its own Medical POA. For example, a NSW Medical POA only works while you are in New South Wales. If you live in two States then you need to build the first Medical POA. And then build the second as a second document. (You can carry over the answers from the first document into the second document, to save you having to answer the questions again.)
For legal advice telephone us. We can help you answer the questions.
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