Refusing Medical Treatment in Advance


An analysis of the conflicting interests of a competent adult's right to self-determination, and the interests of the state or private institution in preserving the lives of individuals under their care.

Key cases considered are Brightwater Care Group v Rossiter [2009] WASC 229, and Hunter & New England Area Health Service v A [2009] NSWSC 761.

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