End of Life Law in Australia

Adolescent children: Decision-making about medical treatment at the end of life

Decision-making about end of life treatment by competent children

The right of a parent to consent to medical treatment is not absolute and may change over time as a child matures and becomes capable of making their own decisions. The following section discusses when children may be able to make decisions about their own medical treatment, including life-sustaining treatment at the end of life.