The patient's authorization is required if the patient is 12 or over and is actively involved in decisions about health care or has provided consent for care.
Consent from the patient's guardian is required if:
- the patient is under 12 years of age; or
- under 19 years of age and not actively involved in decisions about healthcare.
A guardian is a person who has been appointed by court order, under a legal agreement, or a parent who has lived with or regularly cared for the child.
Please note that Section 40 of the Family Law Act states that a child's guardian may exercise all guardian responsibilities as long as they do so in consultation with the child's other guardian(s), unless consultation would be unreasonable or inappropriate in the circumstances.
Please provide the authorization form, signed by a guardian and include confirmation that the requestor is the patient's guardian (this may consist of a copy of the court order or agreement, or a letter from a professional such as a physician, lawyer or teacher), and an explanation of the reasons for the request.