Legal - Withholding and withdrawing

Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Sustaining Medical Treatment

Decisions to withhold (not start) or withdraw (stop) life-sustaining medical treatment can be difficult. The law differs depending on whether a person has capacity to make their own decision. The factsheet in this section explains the law about withholding and withdrawing life-sustaining treatment. You will also find case studies, 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 11 February 2019