17 August 2016

Consent forms

Generic consent forms

The generic patient consent forms (below) have been developed for use in the most commonly occurring situations to support the documentation of consent:

Explicit consent

Where a health professional proposes a higher risk and / or more complex treatment to a patient, the health professional must seek the patient’s explicit consent (also known as express consent) to that treatment before providing it. The health professional must provide relevant information to the patient, including details of the benefits and risks specific to that patient.

Communications relevant to explicit consent may be verbal and / or written. In either case it is imperative that relevant details of the consent communication be recorded in the patient’s medical record, including the patient’s decision to refuse or consent to treatment.

Explicit consent must be obtained and recorded in writing before proceeding with any of the following treatments (other than in an emergency) requiring general, spinal, epidural or regional anaesthesia and intravenous sedation:
  • Surgical
  • Obstetric
  • Oncology
  • Mental health
  • Endoscopy
  • Medical
  • Radiology

Explicit surgical consent does not imply anaesthetic consent. Anaesthetic consent must also be obtained and recorded in writing.

See the WA Health Consent to Treatment Policy 2016 (external site) for more details.

More information

Quality Improvement and Change Management Unit
Address: 189 Royal Street, East Perth
Phone: 9222 4080
Email: QICM@health.wa.gov.au

Last reviewed: 17-08-2016
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Quality Improvement and Change Management Unit