These factsheets provide further information about the law on consent to medical treatment.
In some States, in exceptional circumstances, treatment or health care that is minor or routine in nature e.g. suturing a wound may be able to be provided without consent. This factsheet explores the law on consent for minor or routine treatment or health care.
Obtaining consent to medical treatment is not only a legal requirement but good clinical practice in aged and palliative care. It is also a key requirement under the Australian Aged Care Quality Standards. This factsheet for aged care providers (including RACFs and home care services) explains the fundamentals of the law on consent to medical treatment.
Page updated 02 November 2023