Thank you to Judi from Queensland for the following question.

As part of first aid training we talk about consent and the need for patients to provide consent (where possible) before first aid is delivered. I understand that consent in not required when the patient is unable to provide this, such as unconsciousness.

My question is regarding consent for ‘minors’. I have recently had some debate in class as to whether the term minor relates to someone under the age of 18 or 16.

So is parental/guardian consent required before first aid is rendered to a minor (where possible), and if so, what is the age where parental/guardian consent is required.

A response has been provided by Michael Eburn at the link below.

Consent, first aid and minors in Queensland