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  • Advance care planning is your instructions to family and doctor about what you want to happen at end of life
  • It comprises: appointing a substitute decision-maker and completing an Advance Care Directive.
  • Advance Care Directives differ between states and territories. Follow the link to see what you need for the State or Territory you live.

Many families benefit from taking the time to develop an advance care plan. Take time while you’re healthy to plan ahead. It’s important for people who are older and are frail, or people who have a chronic illness, multiple diseases, an early cognitive impairment, or are approaching their end of life. An Advance Care Directive only goes into effect if you are unable make decisions for yourself. If that time ever comes, your Advance Care Directive will guide your loved ones and doctors so that they can make decisions that respect your values and preferences.

An Advance Care Directive is a written record of your preferences for future care. The Directive can record your values, life goals and preferred outcomes, or directions about care and treatments. Advance Care Directives can also formally appoint a substitute decision-maker. It is recommended you discuss your directive document with your doctor. You do not require a lawyer to complete it.

Free personalised advance care planning advice is available from Advance Care Planning Australia 9am-5pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Call 1300 208 582 or visit advancecareplanning.org.au