Occasionally it is difficult to get in touch with the parents/guardians of a minor (i.e. a child under the age of 18 years) in an emergency situation.  This means that if the parents/guardians cannot be contacted, then there may be a delay in giving their child necessary medical treatment or they may not have a say in what medical treatment is given (or is not given) to their child. In such situations, you should use a medical treatment consent.

A medical treatment consent, which gives a third party permission to authorise medical treatment on behalf of the parents/guardians of the child, can prevent serious delays and enables the parents/guardians to have a say in what medical treatment is given (or is not given) to their child.  This document may be required, for example, when a child is being looked after by a babysitter, nanny, family member or friend and the child’s parents/guardians are out of town or otherwise unavailable.  This document is particularly important where a person’s religious or personal beliefs prohibit certain types of medical treatment or where existing medication being taken by the child needs to be recorded to ensure that it does not react to any other medical treatment that may be undertaken in an emergency situation.

Where the child has two legal guardians, both legal guardians should sign the consent (in this case, please use “Medical Treatment Consent – From Two Guardians”).

Where the child has only one legal guardian (because, for example, the other legal guardian has died or the family court has ordered that only one parent is to be the child’s legal guardian), only that legal guardian needs to sign the appointment (in this case, please use “Medical Treatment Consent – From a Sole Guardian”).

In addition to preparing a medical treatment consent, the parents/guardians should communicate with any third parties who may be looking after their child to ensure that they are aware of any medication being taken by their child and understand what medical treatment is permitted and in what circumstances.

Please note that LegalVision is a commercial law firm and cannot assist with these matters.

About LegalVision: LegalVision is a tech-driven, full-service commercial law firm that uses technology to deliver a faster, better quality and more cost-effective client experience.
Lachlan McKnight

Privacy Policy Snapshot

We collect and store information about you. Let us explain why we do this.

What information do you collect?

We collect a range of data about you, including your contact details, legal issues and data on how you use our website.

How do you collect information?

We collect information over the phone, by email and through our website.

What do you do with this information?

We store and use your information to deliver you better legal services. This mostly involves communicating with you, marketing to you and occasionally sharing your information with our partners.

How do I contact you?

You can always see what data you’ve stored with us.

Questions, comments or complaints? Reach out on 1300 544 755 or email us at info@legalvision.com.au

View Privacy Policy