If you are not able to communicate, who would speak for you? What would they say?​

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is​ about conversations and planning for your future health and personal care so that you, your family, friends, carers and doctors know your values and preferences.​

Advance Care Planning helps to ensure that your loved ones and your doctors know what your health and personal preferences really are. That can give everyone some peace of mind.​

Why is Advance Care Planning important?​

Whatever our age may be, we all have values and preferences related to health and personal care. Think about your values and preferences, discuss them and write them down in an Advance Care Directive so that your preferences are understood and respected if you are unable to communicate them yourself. Planning ahead makes it easier and less stressful for family members.​

Advance Care Planning is particularly important for people who are older, unwell, have early cognitive impairment, or are approaching their end of life.​

Advance Care Planning involves:​

  • appointing a substitute decision-maker​
  • completing an Advance Care Directive.​

Remember that an Advance Care Directive only goes into effect if you are unable make decisions for yourself. ​

You can call the Advance Care Planning advice line, 9am – 5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday on 1300 208 582​
This information has been sourced from Advance Care Planning Australia.

We did the Advance Care Plan as a family, dad was very keen to get this sorted out. We could then give this to the emergency and community care staff. It was a great resource for when decisions had to be made.

Family of Peter with advanced pancreatic cancer.