Advance Care Directives

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CPD46m of CPD
First Published
Updated27 April 2022
Expires 29 April 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

All competent adults have a right to decide what medical treatment they would refuse if they lose the capacity to make decisions in the future. This Ausmed Course looks at the increasing trend to have future refusals of treatment recorded in legally binding documents known as advance care directives (ACDs).

  • What are advance care directives?
  • Refusal of treatment
  • Considerations when creating an advance care directive
  • The purpose of an advance care directive

Every adult of sound mind has the right to refuse treatment regardless of the fact that such refusal might lead to their death. This right is embedded in common law and legislation.

All health practitioners should understand what constitutes a valid refusal of treatment through these written instructions to meet their common law and professional obligations when providing care for their clients.


The purpose of this Ausmed Course is to enable learners to gain a better understanding of the legal framework that supports a competent adult to make decisions about advanced care directives and refusal of treatment.

Learning Outcomes
  • Understand that a valid advance care directive is binding on healthcare professionals when considering treatment plans.
  • Healthcare professionals will have improved confidence when faced with common dilemmas associated with refusal of treatment.
Target Audience

This Ausmed Course is relevant to all registered nurses and other health professionals working in all contexts of healthcare.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.

CPD46m of CPD
First Published
Updated27 April 2022
29 April 2024
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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