Consumer and Community Engagement
Informed consent is freely deciding to undergo a medical treatment or procedure after understanding why the treatment is recommended (the benefits), what other treatment is available and what might go wrong during the treatment (what are the risks and complications of the procedure).
Before providing consent you should be sure you understand the treatment, the benefits and risks of the treatment and any other treatment you could have. Keep asking questions until you understand. Some questions you might like to ask are:
If you change your mind, you can inform the doctor/health care worker that you withdraw your consent. The doctor/health care worker will try to understand why you have changed your mind and work with you to develop a new treatment plan. If your personal circumstances change after giving your consent and before the treatment has started, or before the treatment has finished, you should tell your doctor or health care worker, in case the treatment is no longer the best choice for you. In an emergency, urgent treatment can be provided to you/your child without waiting for consent. Your consent or permission is required to take photographs or make video or audio recordings of you.
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last modified: 09 Jun 2017