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Take Control

Take control

March 2018

This free booklet, published by the Office of the Public Advocate, explains how to make powers of attorney and guardianship and includes the forms.

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Side by side

March 2018

This free booklet, published by the Office of the Public Advocate, for people with disability and people who support people with disability, explains how to appoint a supportive attorney and includes the form.

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Guardianship and administration

March 2018

This free brochure, published by the Office of the Public Advocate, gives an overview of guardianship and administration for people with disability.

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Making an enduring power of attorney

Making an enduring power of attorney

March 2018

This brochure gives an overview of making an enduring power of attorney. It has been updated to incorporate changes in the law with the commencement of the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 on 12 March 2018.

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Making an advance care directive

Making an advance care directive

March 2018

This brochure gives an overview of how an when an advance care directive is used, as well as the difference between a values directive and an instructional directive contained within the advance care directive.

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Appointing a medical treatment decision maker

Appointing a medical treatment decision maker

March 2018

This brochure gives an overview of the role of a medical treatment decision maker, and how you can appoint a medical treatment decision maker under the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016.

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Role of a medical support person

March 2018

This free brochure, published by the Office of the Public Advocate, gives an overview of the role of the medical support person.

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Abuse is not OK

March 2018

This is an Easy English resource that helps people understand what is abuse and where to get help.

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Law help guide 2018

Law help guide 2018

December 2017

This free guide produced by the Victoria Law Foundation includes information and contact details to help people find free or low-cost legal services, complaint or dispute settlement services and private lawyers.

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Your life, your choice - Planning for your future

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But, in the future, you might have an accident or illness that means you can't make decisions about your medical care or personal and financial matters. Learn about how you can choose someone now to make these types of decisions for you, if this happens.

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Cover of Your life, your choice - Planning for your future by making powers of attorney

Your life, your choice - Planning for your future by making powers of attorney

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But, in the future, you might have an accident or illness that means you can't make decisions about your personal and financial matters. This fact sheet explains how you can choose someone now to make these types of decisions for you, if this happens.

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Your life, your choice - Medical treatment decisions

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But in the future, you might have an accident or illness that means you can't make decisions about you medical treatment. This fact sheet explains different ways you can help your family and doctors know what you want or do not want, if you get sick.

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Cover of Your life, your choice - Guardianship and Administration

Your life, your choice - Guardianship and Administration

August 2017

You have the right to make your own decisions. But if you cannot make decisions for yourself, due to disability or illness, and you do not have a power of attorney, you may need a guardian. This fact sheet explains when and how a guardian or administrator may be appointed.

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Your life, your choice

August 2017

This brochure explains different ways you can plan for your future. It includes contact details for the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service and Office of the Public Advocate who can help you learn more.

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