A detailed (80+ page) manual for health practitioners, setting out the law on consent to medical treatment, has been circulated as a consultation draft by the New South Wales Ministry of Health.

The draft Consent Manual and the comments template is available on the ASMOF website:

See: http://www.asmofnsw.org.au/latest-news/nsw-health-consent-manual

Some of the significant changes since the last version are said to include:

  • consent by “mature minors”;
  • more information on advanced care directives;
  • clarification of the meaning of “Special Medical Treatment”;
  • clarifying consent procedures for mental health patients; and
  • inclusion of various privacy provisions and associated guidelines re disclosure of genetic information.