WA Health Consent to Treatment Policy

Applicable to: WA Health Clinicians

Description: The original version, OD 0657/16 has been amended and is replaced by version OD 0657/16 v.2.0

Consent to treatment is a person’s agreement for a health professional to proceed with specific proposed treatment(s). That agreement is obtained (or withheld) following conversations between one or more health professionals and the patient/substitute decision maker about the proposed treatment(s) and their inherent risks and benefits. Consent communications are likely to comprise of one or more verbal exchanges between the patient and the health professional(s), and also in the case of more invasive or risky procedures, documentation of that exchange including written consent provided by the patient.

WA Health Consent to Treatment Policy

Consent to treatment is a person’s agreement for a health professional to proceed with specific proposed treatment(s). That agreement is obtained (or withheld) following conversations between one or more health professionals and the patient/substitute decision maker about the proposed treatment(s) and their inherent risks and benefits. Consent communications are likely to comprise of one or more verbal exchanges between the patient and the health professional(s), and also in the case of more invasive or risky procedures, documentation of that exchange including written consent provided by the patient.

This Operational Directive (2016) updates and replaces Consent to Treatment Policy for the Western Australian Health System 2011 (OD 0324/11).

Ms Rebecca Brown
A/DIRECTOR GENERAL
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH WA

Date of effect: 20 December 2015 to 20 December 2020

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