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Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.5
Total Rating(s)106
Published28 January 2018
Updated28 January 2019
Reviewed15 October 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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

Topics include:

  • What is an Advanced Care Directive?
  • Requirements for a valid Advanced Care Directive
  • Substitute decision making
  • Case law and Advanced Care Directives

Target audience

All health professionals working in all contexts of adult health care.

Purpose

The purpose of this 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.

Need

All adults have the right to make decisions about their own body. This includes the right to consent and to refuse treatment – even if the refusal of treatment will cause their death. The right to refuse treatment in advance has also been upheld by the common law. There is a growing trend to have future refusals of treatment recorded in legally binding documents such as an ‘Advance Directive’ or ‘Living Will’.

Therefore, it is imperative that all health practitioners 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • State the purpose of an Advance Care Directive
  • Identify the legal requirements of a valid Advance Care Directive
  • Describe common dilemmas associated with refusal of treatment instructions

Disclosure

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.

Educator

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Linda Starr

Dr Linda Starr is a general and mental health qualified nurse, lawyer, and associate professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Flinders University. Her research interests have been in health law for health practitioners, criminal law, forensic health care, and elder abuse investigation and prosecution, which was the subject of her PhD. Linda is currently the chair of the state board of the Nursing and Midwifery Board, Australia, the director on the Board of Directors at the Aged Rights Advocacy Service, and is the founding president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association. She has an extensive speaking record, nationally and internationally, on issues in health law, forensic nursing, and elder abuse.

Details
CPD1h 5m of CPD
Rating
4.5
Total Rating(s)106
Published28 January 2018
Updated28 January 2019
Reviewed15 October 2019
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
Topic Tags
Ethics
Legal
Aged Care
Palliative Care
Documentation
Disclaimer

Further Learning

Learner Reviews

4.5

106 Total Rating(s)

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Akiko Imai
23 May 2019

It’s good resource

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Jill Rebosura
23 May 2019

Informative!

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Janna Jeline Aguilar
22 May 2019

Ok

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Ann Simpson
21 May 2019

Interesting and informative lecture dealing with a complicated legal system and different jurisdictional legislation. Areas of conflict were highlighted and each jurisdictions particular laws were discussed.

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Juana Paula Alega
19 May 2019

Interesting topic.

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Katharine Clarke
19 May 2019

Great resource to refresh your knowledge on this subject and that the law throughout Australia is not uniform.

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Brian Dunn
18 May 2019

Great education resource

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Kaung Lynn
18 May 2019

Good, but a lot to remember as different states has different provisions of laws and criteria and thus somehow a little confusing.

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Maggie Ní Chonfhaola
14 May 2019

Great

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Eleine Camer Alvarez
12 May 2019

GOOD