The Australian experience of advance directives and possible future directions

Cameron Stewart

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This paper analyses the role that advance directives can play in the formation of advanced care planning. Following on from a review of the legal history of advance directives in Australia, including the common law and statutory regimes, it is argued that schemes for advance directives have not yet proven to be successful. It is proposed that what is needed is a more integrated approach, whereby advance directives are but one mechanism used in a wider concept of advanced care planning. This integrated approach should employ a variety of mechanisms including proxy decision-making, structured concepts of best interests and clearly defined dispute resolution processes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S25-S29
Number of pages5
JournalAustralasian Journal on Ageing
Issue numberSuppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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