If you have a substitute decision-maker they should not simply make decisions on your behalf. You have the right to be supported in making decisions about your life. Your substitute decision-makers have a responsibility to provide you with information and support to participate in decisions that concern you.
While there isn’t a consistent legal framework across states and territories, a substitute decision-maker is generally required to consider the values, beliefs, views and preferences of a person when making a decision about their health care, or medical treatment, finances or lifestyle.
If you are being prevented from making decisions or you have concerns that a substitute decision-maker is not supporting the wishes or preferences of an older person, call OPAN’s advocacy line on 1800 700 600.
Documents and external links
Learn more about supporting your wishes and preferences. These documents and websites offer help, strategies, and practical information. Brief descriptions are provided for each document or link.
Decision making with your substitute decision-maker leaflet
Download this important OPAN leaflet to understand your rights when it comes to making decisions with a substitute decision-maker.