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Medical and dental consent

The following publications relate to providing substitute consent for medical and/or dental treatment for someone who lacks capacity to consent for themselves.

Substitute Consent what the law says. Part 5 NSW Guardianship Act 1987 [PDF 332kb]
Details the legal process for seeking and giving (or withholding) consent to medical and dental treatment for people who lack the capacity to consent for themselves.

Person Responsible Factsheet and Card[PDF 84kb]
Explains who can give consent to medical/dental treatment for a person who does not have the capacity to decide for themselves.

Application to carry out medical or dental treatment for a person under guardianship of the Public Guardian (Guardianship Act 1987 - Part 5) [PDF 98kb]

If the Public Guardian is the patient's guardian consent can be sought by completing this form and returning it the Public Guardian via email, fax or post (go to contact us page for details).



cover capacity toolkit    

Capacity Toolkit, produced by the Department of Justice, provides information about capacity and how to decide if a person has the capacity to make their own decisions. 

More information regarding capacity and guardianship can be found on the  capacity page.