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MEDICAL TREATMENT ACT 1994 (NO. 72 OF 1994)


TABLE OF PROVISIONS

           Long Title

   PART I--PRELIMINARY SHORT TITLE

   1.      This Act may be cited as the Medical Treatment Act 1994.  
   2.      Commencement  
   3.      Interpretation  
   4.      Objectives of the Act  
   5.      Other legal rights not affected  

   PART II--REFUSAL OF TREATMENT

   6.      A person who is of sound mind and has attained the age of 18 years may make a direction in writing, orally or in any other way in which the person can communicate to refuse, or for the withdrawal of, medical treatment—  
   7.      Subject to this Act, a written direction is not valid unless—  
   8.      Other directions—requirements  
   9.      Revocation of direction  
   10.     Cessation of direction  
   11.     Competent person to be informed of alternatives etc.  
   12.     Health professional not to proceed if in doubt  
   13.     (1) A person who is of sound mind and has attained the age of 18 years (in this Division called the “grantor”) may, by instrument in accordance with Form 2 in the Schedule, confer on another person (in this Division called the “grantee”) the power to consent, subject to the instrument, on behalf of the grantor to the withholding or withdrawal of medical treatment in the event that the grantor becomes incapacitated.  
   14.     Circumstances in which power may be exercised  
   15.     Power of attorney—revocation  
   16.     Conditions on exercise of power  
   17.     Health professional to ensure attorney's decision is informed etc.  

   PART III--GENERAL PROVISIONS EFFECT OF DIRECTION OR POWER OF ATTORNEY ON OTHER

   18.     (1) Where—  
   19.     Direction obtained by fraud etc.  
   20.     Copies or notification of decisions  
   21.     Health professional not liable for certain decisions  
   22.     Protection of health professionals relying on decision  
   23.     Adequate pain relief  
   24.     Regulations  

   PART IV--AMENDMENT OF POWERS OF ATTORNEY ACT 1956

   25.     Principal Act  
   26.     Guardianship and consent to medical treatment under enduring power of attorney  
   27.     Schedule  


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