What is an advanced health directive (AHD)?

An Advance Health Directive (‘AHD’) is a legal document that enables you to make decisions now about future treatment. These treatments can include medical, surgical, dental treatment and/or other health care.

One of the benefits of having an AHD is that if you happen to become very sick, injured or were incapable of communicating your wishes your enduring guardian will not have to make the difficult decisions and face the guilt associated with doing so.

If you do not have an AHD, the treatment decision will be made by your appointed enduring guardian, if you have not appointed an enduring guardian then a person responsible for you will make the decision (such as your spouse, parent, child, or sibling).

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