Refusal of Medical Treatment - A Child's Prerogative

  • Pip Trowse


Society has a need for children to be able to make health care decisions. Homeless children need access to health care. Parents may not be accessible or competent to consent to their child’s health care. The familial relationship may have broken down. Children may not want their parents to know about drug, alcohol or pregnancy related issues. There is legal and academic support for the right of children to make autonomous decisions with respect to their health care. However, what these decisions cover and who can make them is not clear.
Dec 1, 2010
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TROWSE, Pip. Refusal of Medical Treatment - A Child's Prerogative. QUT Law Review, [S.l.], v. 10, n. 2, dec. 2010. ISSN 2201-7275. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2021. doi:
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