Informed Consent in Health Care

The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) has published a new Fact Sheet for health professionals to support them when obtaining informed consent.

As stated in this Fact Sheet, a person has legal capacity to make a particular decision when they are able to do all of the following:

  • Understand the facts involved
  • Understand the treatment choices
  • Understand how the consequences of treatment affect them
  • Retain the information and recall the details
  • Weigh up the consequences of those choices, including the choice to refuse treatment
  • Communicate their decision and understanding of its implications

Download the Informed Consent – Fact sheet for Clinicians >>