Guiding Principles

Communication informs Substitute Decision-Making

Substitute Decision Making

A person’s known communication must be taken into account by people who make decisions on their behalf.  

This means a communication lens on interpreting, honoring and taking into account, a person’s: 

  • Current or past communicated wishes, preferences, likes and dislikes
  • Known values and beliefs that an individual has or may have had when capable
  • Health, welfare and best interests
  • Safety from abuse, neglect, self-harm or harm to others
  • Views, if relevant, relating to religious, cultural, linguistic, sexuality, gender and ethnical issues. 


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