Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning promotes care that is consistent with a person’s goals, values, beliefs and preferences.

It prepares the person and others to plan for future health care, for a time when the person may no longer be able to communicate those decisions themselves.

Who would you like to make medical decisions for you if there came a time when you could no longer speak for yourself?

Effective planning is the best way to ensure that family and health professionals respect a person’s wishes. In an emergency situation it provides hospital treating teams with the necessary information to make decisions in the patient’s best interest in consultation with their chosen attorneys.

There are three ways choices can be recorded:

  1. Complete an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPOA)
    This is a legal document that gives trusted decision maker/s, the legal authority to act for a person, and to make legally binding decisions on their behalf. Its functions can include property (financial matters), personal care matters, health care matters and medical research matters

  2. Complete an Advance Care Plan (ACP) Statement of Choices
    This focuses on a person’s wishes and choices for healthcare into the future. It provides the chosen decision maker/s and doctors with information for treatment if a person is no longer able to make decisions.

  3. Complete a Health Direction
    This allows a person to legally record their future healthcare decisions, including refusal of medical treatment generally, or to withhold or withdraw treatment of a particular kind.

If a person’s choices about future care are known, they can be respected.

Legislation

  • Powers of Attorney Act 2006
  • Medical Treatment (Health Directions) Act 2006

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Contact us

If you would like further information or assistance please contact the Advance Care Planning® on (02) 6205 3178 or email: acp@act.gov.au