Appointment of Support Person VIC – (Someone Signing on your Behalf)
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What is an Appointment of Support Person (Signed on Behalf of the Maker) ?
An Appointment of Support Person is a legal document that officially recognises an appointed person as someone who can access, or help you to access, health information relevant to your medical treatment.
This document is drafted to comply with the format approved by the Department of Health and Human Services of Victoria for the appointment of a Support Person pursuant to the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (VIC).
When should I use it?
The Appointment of Support Person (Signed on Behalf of the Maker) should be used if you would like to document the appointment of a support person for you.
What topics does the Appointment of Support Person (Signed on Behalf of the Maker) cover?
- Definitions and interpretation
- Appointment of Support Person
- Personal Details
- Witness details
- Interpreter details and statement
- Support person’s Statement of Acceptance
- Important notices
- Governing law and jurisdiction
What are the main decisions I need to make in creating an Appointment of Support Person (Signed on Behalf of the Maker)?
- Who will should be appointed the Support Person and in what ways can this person support you in regard to healthcare treatment?
- Who will sign on your behalf?
What other names does the Appointment of Support Person (Signed on Behalf of the Maker) go by?
- Appointment of Support Person (Signed on your behalf)
Frequently Asked Questions
Your support person can access, or help you to access, health information relevant to your medical treatment.
Your support person does not have the power to make medical treatment decisions on your behalf.
For that, you’ll need to appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker using this form.
This document can:
- Appoint one Support Person for the Appointor. This person can be an adult or a child.
- The role of the Support Person is to support the Appointor.
- The Support Person cannot make any Medical Treatment Decisions for the Appointor.
- The Appointor can direct another person to sign this document in their presence if they are unable to do so for themselves.
This form is to be used if the person who is making the appointment (the Appointor) will direct another person to sign the form for the Appointor.
If the Appointor will sign the document personally then please use the form entitled Appointment of Support Person (Victoria).
The legislation governing the appointment of a Support Person in the State of Victoria is:
- The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (VIC); and
- The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Regulations 2018 (VIC).
The role of a Support Person for the appointor is:
- to support the Appointor to make, communicate, and give effect to the their medical treatment decisions; and
- to represent the interests of the Appointor in respect of the Appointor’ s medical treatment including when the Appointor loses decision making capacity in relation to medical treatment decisions.
The Support Person does not have the power to make any medical treatment decision for the Appointor.
An appointment of a Support Person:
- must be in writing in English;
- must include the full name, date of birth and address of the Appointor;
- must include any prescribed details in relation to any Support Person;
- must be signed by the Appointor or by another at their direction;
- must be witnessed and certified in accordance with the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (VIC); and
- must be accepted by the Support Person in accordance with the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 (VIC) before it comes into effect.
The prescribed details for the appointment of the Support Person in accordance with Regulation 7 of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Regulations 2018 (VIC) are the following:
- the name of Support Person;
- the date of birth of Support Person; and
- the address of the Support Person.
Any person (including a child) who has decision-making capacity may appoint another person (including a child) as the person’s Support Person.
Only one Support Person can be appointed for the Appointor.
A person may sign an appointment at the direction of the Appointor if the person signing:
- is an adult person;
- is not a witness to the signing of the appointment; and
- is not an appointed Support Person.
An Appointor who has decision-making capacity may appoint another person (including a child) as the person’s support person.
“Decision-making capacity” is defined as a person who is able to do the following:
- Understand the information relevant to the decision and the effect of the decision
- Retain that information to the extent necessary to make the decision
- Use or weigh that information as part of the process of making the decision
- Communicate the decision and the person’s views and needs as to the decision in some way, including by speech, gestures or other means.
An adult is presumed to have decision-making capacity unless there is evidence to the contrary.
You will need the following information:
- Parties: Particulars of the Appointor, Support Person details, including names, addresses where applicable.
- Witness details for the Appointor and the support person including names and addresses where applicable.
- Interpreter details for the Appointor and the support person including names and addresses if applicable.
There are several signing options available. How you sign largely depends on where the parties are located and if they will attend signing together. You can print on paper and sign, or use electronic signature tools such as Docusign or Hellosign.
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