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Cancelling my Advance Care Directive

Cancelling my Advance Care Directive

You cannot alter your Advance Care Directive once it has been finalised and signed by any Substitute Decision-Makers (if you wish to appoint them), yourself and a witness.

If you want to change your Advance Care Directive you will need to cancel (revoke) your original Advance Care Directive. There are two ways to revoke an Advance Care Directive.

1. Revoke and replace.

By simply completing a new Advance Care Directive form and having it signed by any Substitute Decision-Makers (if you wish to appoint them), yourself and a witness, your previous Advance Care Directive will be revoked and replaced by your new Advance Care Directive. To complete a new Advance Care Directive click here.

2. Cancel and not replace.

If you simply wish to cancel (revoke) your Advance Care Directive and not replace it, you can complete the Cancelling my Advance Care Directive form. Once this form is signed by you and a witness who is satisfied that you understand what it will mean for you if you cancel your Advance Care Directive, your Advance Care Directive will be revoked.

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If you are no longer able to complete a new Advance Care Directive because you no longer understand what an Advance Care Directive is and what it will be used for the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal can be asked to consider your decision to cancel your Advance Care Directive.

 

Remember, if you: 

  • Cancel your Advance Care Directive but don’t write a new one – give a copy with the completed Cancelling my Advance Care Directive Form to everyone who has a copy of the original, including Subsititute Decision makers, your doctor or health service
  • Write a new Advance Care Directive – give certified copies of the new Advance Care Directive to appointed Substitute Decision-Maker(s), family, health practitioners, hospitals and anyone else who has a copy of the old one.

JAMES’ STORY:
When James found out he had cancer he wanted to update his Advance Care Directive to reflect his specific wishes about his care. James completed a new Advance Care Directive Form and signed it in front of an independent authorised witness. James made sure his GP, who was the only person he had ever given a copy to, received his new Advance Care Directive.