Australian Living Will Registry

stores your Living Will (Anticipatory Directive, Advance Health Directive, Medical Proxy etc.) electronically and makes it available to relevant Health Care professionals when you need it most.

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What is a Living Will?

A Living Will can be known by a number of names such as Advance Health Care Directive, Enduring Guardianship, Anticipatory Directive or a Medical Power of attorney among others. For simplicity we will refer to these instruments as a Living Will.

A living will and a durable power of attorney for health care can ensure that health care decisions will stay in the hands of trusted people that you choose, protecting your choices and peace of mind.

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How do I register?

Registration is very simple,

  • You must ensure that you have your your completed documents.
  • Register on site here

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Australian Living Will Registry

You can register your Advance Health Care Directive (Living Will) here.

Once registered, you are registered for life, and no further registration process is required. Naturally, you can revoke your living will and registration at any time, as your circumstances may change. The Australian living Will Registry will NOT release your personal information to anyone other than your health care professionals with the correct ID and Password.

Your Advance Health Care Directive is electronically stored in secure servers with your emergency contact details.

You will be sent a medi tag bracelet, a card for your wallet, and labels that can be used on your Drivers Licence stating that your advance health care directive is registered with Australian Living Will Registry, and relevant contact details.

You will be contacted annually to confirm that the advance health care directive is still current, and upon confirmation a new card will be issued.

Your Health Care Professionals will be able to secure a copy of your directive 24/7 from anywhere in the world, protecting your choice and providing peace of mind to you. A copy of your directive will be available via the Internet.

As all States in Australia have differing requirements, a list of where to get the relevant form is available here.


When should I get a Living Will?

Whether or not a Living Will is for you may depend on a range of reasons related to Religion, life style, hopes and fears. This question should be discussed with your family, your health professionals, your minister of religion and your lawyer.

It is a very important document and should be treated as such.

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When would a Living Will become effective?

Your advance directive will become effective when you are incapacitated and are unable to make decisions regarding your care.

Why shoul I have a Living Will?

Advance directives give you a voice in decisions about your medical care when you are unconscious or too ill to communicate. As long as you are able to express your own decisions, your advance directive will not be used and you can accept or refuse any medical treatment. But if you become seriously ill, you may lose the ability to participate in decisions about your own treatment. That's when your advance directive becomes important.


Australian Living Will Registry does not advise, assisst in the preparation of, encourage or discourage the use of, recommend or dissuade the use of Living Wills.
The Australian Living Will Registry stores and makes available your Living Will to the relevant health care professionals at the appropriate time.

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