Hobart Weekly News

4 hobart weekly news I TUESDAY, 14 MAY, 2024 Prepare your advanced care The Public Trustee is hosting a range of seminars across the state for Law Week to provide clear instructions on managing your legal, medical and financial affairs. There will be a free information session held in Hobart on May 22 at Rydges Hotel, North Hobart to discuss estate and advance care planning. (PS) An installation that shows the result of a serious road crash has been unveiled on Hobart’s waterfront during National Road Safety Week (NRSW). The installation was commissioned by RACT to provide a challenging visual of the impact of road crashes as part of its latest high-visibility campaign to highlight the impact of road trauma on young people. RACT Group Chief Executive Mark Mugnaioni said NRSW provided an opportunity to reflect on the devastating impact that road trauma has on individuals, families and communities. “With the highest road toll of any Australian state, Tasmania has already had a devastating start to the year on our roads with eight deaths and 114 serious injuries. “Last year, distraction while driving contributed to more than 11 per cent of deaths and almost 16 per cent of serious injuries on Tasmanian roads. “It’s crucial the community comes together and that each of us takes responsibility for our actions to create a safer driving environment for all. “That’s why we are asking Tasmanians to sign a road safety pledge to make a concerted effort to reduce behaviours that contribute to crashes: speeding, inattention, mobile phone use, drink and drug driving and not wearing a seatbelt.” Mr Mugnaioni was joined at the launch on May 6 by 39-year-old Hobart resident Kirby Barker who fell asleep behind the wheel five minutes from home. Miss Barker is still dealing with the physical consequences of that serious car crash 18 years later. “I shattered both of my legs and numerous bones in my face, and it took me one and a half years before I could walk again,” Miss Barker said. “I’m still impacted by my accident today. “I have regular medical appointments and continue to have procedures and surgeries. “This will be lifelong. “I also have to be mindful of how far I walk and the activities that I do during the day as my ankles often become swollen and painful. “My message to other people who are driving and feel tired is to listen to your body and take a break when you need to.” Mr Mugnaioni said that while NRSW was just one week, efforts to reduce Tasmania’s terrible road trauma record were ongoing. “Together, the actions we take today will make our roads safer for tomorrow and reduce the number of tragic incidents on Tasmania’s roads.” The RACT unveiled an installation on the waterfront on May 6 to highlight the impact of road trauma on young people. The installation is part of the National Road Safety Week awareness campaign. Confronting installation to raise awareness May 20-26 is Law Week and the Public Trustee, Office of the Public Guardian and Palliative Care Tasmania are urging Tasmanians to take action to make your financial, medical and legal wishes known. Public Trustee CEO Todd Kennedy stated that Law Week was an important opportunity to continue the conversation with the community about planning for the future. “Unfortunately, half of all Tasmanians pass away without a will, which can have a significant impact on those left behind,” he said. An estate plan typically includes an enduring power of attorney (to make financial decisions), an enduring guardianship (to make medical or personal decisions), an advanced care directive (to provide details care instructions to your heath care providers) and a will to distribute your estate when you pass away. These are separate documents, each covering a distinct and important aspect of your care and estate. “Having a will and estate plan is like having a road map for providing protection and support for yourself and your loved ones if something ever happens to you,” Mr Kennedy said. “If you do not have estate planning documents, the Tasmanian Civil and Administration Tribunal (TASCAT) may need to appoint someone to help you make medical or financial decisions if you lose decision-making capacity due to an accident or illness. “TASCAT can appoint a loved one to support you. “If there is no one willing or able to assist you or where there are conflicts of interest, the Public Trustee can be appointed to support financial decision-making or the Public Guardian to support medical or personal decision-making. “If you pass away without a will, your deceased estate will be distributed according to the Tasmanian Intestacy Act 2010. “Your loved ones may need to apply to the Supreme Court of Tasmania for a grant of Letters of Administration to distribute the estate. “This can be a difficult process to coordinate and may not necessarily reflect your wishes. “It can also cause additional emotional and financial distress for your family and loved ones during an already challenging time. “As part of the Law Week program, we will be hosting free seminars around the state, discussing how important it is to make a will, estate and advance care plan to provide clear instructions to manage your legal, medical and financial affairs. “The free information session will be held in Hobart on May 22 at Rydges Hotel, North Hobart to discuss estate and advance care planning and answer questions. “Don’t forget to book via the Public Trustee website. “If people can’t make one of the sessions they can always call us to make an appointment to discuss getting their ducks in a row and how we can help them plan for their future. “Alternatively, there is a presentation online on our website.” The Public Trustee can prepare both a will and enduring power of attorney documents from $140 for a single person or $210 for a couple and if you are a pensioner or seniors cardholder, they can prepare these documents for free if the Public Trustee is appointed as executor or attorney. The Public Trustee can also prepare enduring guardianship documents from $140 for a single person or $210 for a couple. You can prepare your advanced care directive by downloading the form. It is best to chat with your doctor and family about your preferences. For more information, please visit www.publictrustee.tas.gov.au or call 1800 068 784.