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Have your say on health care for family and close friends

The Northern Territory Government is giving Territorians the opportunity to shape important laws on health care for their loved ones with the release of a discussion paper.

The Health Care Decision Maker discussion paper outlines proposed legal reforms to improve health care decision making when patients do not have the capacity to make decisions themselves.

The discussion paper outlines the legal situation and proposes ways to improve the way patients receive treatment in urgent situations when they need others to make health care decisions for them.

Proposed changes include allowing family members and other people close to a patient to make health care decisions.

Another topic for feedback is when a health care decision maker cannot be contacted, should the health care provider be able to make appropriate decisions without having to wait for the NT Civil and Administrative Tribunal to make a decision.

There will be public information sessions from late October to early December in Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Katherine, Nhulunbuy, Darwin and Palmerston.

The  discussion paper is available on the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice’s website and the NT Have Your Say website.

Submission close 31 January 2020.    

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