Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is a way for you to talk with your family, carer and your doctor about the type of medical care you would want to receive if you became seriously ill or injured.

  • Talking about your health condition early aims to help you, your family/carer and your doctor to understand what treatments you might want to receive in the future
  • You are able to guide your family/carer and your doctor in making medical treatment decisions for you when you are unable to make these decisions for yourself
  • Discussing your medical treatment wishes before you become ill gives you and your family/carer the opportunity to talk about your values, experiences, fears and preferences for end of life care.

You do not have to have a terminal illness for advance care planning to be relevant for you. Advance care planning can occur as part of the general process of gaining health information in the normal course of interactions with your family, friends and health professionals.

Like making a will and appointing a power of attorney or enduring power of attorney for financial matters, advance care planning may simply be a part of planning for the future.

Enduring Power of Attorney authority only applies to financial decisions. It does not extend to making healthcare decisions on behalf of someone else.

Did you know that you can appoint someone to manage your health and lifestyle decisions, should you lose the ability to do this for yourself? This person is called an Enduring Guardian.

Research has shown that health outcomes for people and their families improve when they are able to talk through their concerns, decisions, preferences and choices with health professionals.

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