Preparing For Death/Legal Considerations

Documenting and making available your end of life wishes is useful, both for the peace of mind it will afford you, and to reduce the burden of making difficult decisions on your family and friends in what are likely to be emotional and stressful times.


This is a legal document in which you specify the disposition of your property and possessions. Below are a couple of links with more information.

Advance Health Directive

This is a document to outline your preferences for medical treatment(s) under specific health conditions.

More information is available from

Government of Western Australia Department of Health
PO Box 8172
Perth Business Centre, Perth WA 6849

Telephone: (08) 9222 2300


Enduring Power of Guardianship

This is a legal document to designate who can make medical decisions for you when you are incapable of making them yourself.

Enduring Power of Attorney

This is a legal document that designates who can manage your financial affairs in the event that you are incapable.

Voluntary Assisted Dying

Available in Western Australia beginning in July of 2021.

Organ Donation

You can elect to donate any usable organs or tissues at death. For more information see:

Whole Body Donation

The University of Western Australia accepts whole body donations for the purposes of teaching anatomy, scientific research and specialist training. There are certain conditions which the deceased body must meet, and outside of 100km of the Perth CBD, the deceased’s estate will need to pay for half of the transport cost to Perth. For more information see:

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