Consumer and Community Engagement
An honest look at informed consent in healthcare
What is Informed Consent?
You can agree to a procedure or treatment once it has been explained to you. The person explaining the procedure or treatment must tell you why it is needed, what the risks are to you, and what the expected benefit to you is. You also must have the chance to have all your questions answered. Once this has happened, you can make the choice to say yes or no to the procedure or treatment.
Who can give consent?
In South Australia, people who are aged 16 years or older can give consent for a medical procedure or treatment, so long as they can understand what the procedure is going to be, what the risks are, and the expected benefit.
If a person is under 16 years old, then consent is given by parents or guardian for the young person.
In some cases, the young person may have a special care circumstance. In these cases, there are ways that consent can be given:
Questions to ask in order to be informed about procedures and treatments
Other points to note about informed consent
last modified: 08 Feb 2021