End of Life Law - Capacity and Consent to Medical Treatment

Capacity and Consent to Medical Treatment

A person may consent to or refuse medical treatment if they have decision-making capacity. Generally health professionals must obtain consent before medical treatment can be provided to an older person. The factsheet in this section explains the law on decision-making capacity, and consent to medical treatment. You will also find a case study, mythbusters and other resources about the law in this area.


  • Training module

An online training module on this topic is available through the End of Life Law for Clinicians training program. To learn more about the training or to register visit the ELLC online training portal.


Page updated 02 November 2023