Supplementary Order Paper No 263

New clause 4A

After clause 4 (page 4, after line 31), insert:

4A Principles

A person exercising a power or performing a function or duty under this Act must have regard to the following principles:

(a)

every human life has equal value:

(b)

a person’s autonomy should be respected:

(c)

a person has the right to be supported in making informed decisions about their medical treatment, and should be given, in a manner the person understands, information about medical treatment options including comfort and palliative care:

(d)

every person approaching the end of their life should be provided with quality care to minimise their suffering and maximise their quality of life:

(e)

a therapeutic relationship between a person and the person’s health practitioner should, wherever possible, be supported and maintained:

(f)

individuals should be encouraged to openly discuss death and dying and an individual’s preferences and values should be encouraged and promoted:

(g)

individuals should be supported in conversations with the individual’s health practitioners, family and carers, and community about treatment and care preferences:

(h)

individuals are entitled to genuine choices regarding their treatment and care:

(i)

there is a need to protect individuals who may be subject to abuse:

(j)

all persons, including health practitioners, have the right to be shown respect for their culture, beliefs, values, and personal characteristics.