Directions, wishes and values
A competent adult may use an advance care directive to give directions about their future health care, residential and accommodation arrangements and personal affairs [Advance Care Directives Act 2013 (SA) s 9(a)].
A competent adult may also use an advance care directive to express their wishes and values in about health care, residential and accommodation arrangements and personal affairs, including by specifying outcomes or interventions that they wish to avoid [s 9(b)].
See also: Giving effect to an advance care directive.
A provision of an advance care directive comprising a refusal of particular health care (whether express or implied) is a binding provision [s 19(1)].
If a binding provision of an advance care directive is expressed to apply, or to be binding, only in specified circumstances, the provision will be taken to be a binding provision only in respect of those circumstances [s 19(2)].
All other provisions of an advance care directive are non-binding provisions [s 19(3)].