Chronic Care Program Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance care planning (ACP) provides people over 18 with an opportunity to plan and record their health care preferences in case they become ill or injured and unable to express these wishes.

These preferences may include, but are not limited to, end-of-life decisions.

Advance care planning is based on people having the right to be informed about their medical options and to be treated in ways which respect their dignity and prevent suffering.

The process involves health professionals discussing with people and their families the likely progression of, and treatment options for, illnesses or injuries.

This information can then be considered and informed choices made about future health care.

Advance care planning can involve nominating a substitute decision-maker who will be able to talk to medical staff about a person's health care preferences if they are unable to do so at the time.

Usually this person is a family member or a close friend, someone who can be trusted to act in the person's best interests and respect their previously expressed wishes.

Advance care planning also gives people the opportunity to record their preferences about specific treatments or document their views regarding unacceptable outcomes.

Then, if they are unable to speak for themselves when the time comes, Advance Care Directives – the documents previously completed – provide health professionals and substitute decision-makers with the person's wishes about treatment and acceptable outcomes.

For more information, please visit Advance Care Planning Australia

What is the CCP Advance Care Planning Service?

The Chronic Care Program (CCP) has established two Advance Care Planning clinics to assist patients in the Chronic Care Program complete advance care plans. These clinics are run by the Care Coordination team every second Thursday with the mobile clinics being run in the morning and the outpatient clinics in the afternoon.

For more information, please contact the Chronic Care Program on 02 6244 2273.