Advance Care Planning (ACP)

Advance Care Planning is about planning ahead for your future healthcare, in case you are ever too sick to speak for yourself. A simple way to understand and do advance care planning is ACP in 3 steps: 

A: Appoint an Agent

You can sign a legal form making it clear who you want to make MEDICAL DECISIONS for you if you are too sick to do it yourself. This is a ‘Medical Enduring Power of Attorney’.

C: Chat & Communicate

Talk to your family, friends, and doctors about your values, beliefs and health care preferences. Tell them about what is important for you. Also, talk to your doctors or other health professionals to find out more about what might be ahead.

P: Put it on Paper

If there is something you feel strongly about, you can write it down in an Advance Care Plan / Directive or in a letter describing your health care values and preferences for future medical treatments, including what type of medical treatment you would agree to, and what you would not want.

It is important we all consider Advance Care Planning, however, it is particularly important if:

  • You are over 75 years of age
  • You have chronic health issues
  • Have health conditions that may affect your ability to make decisions in the future
  • You have firm preferences about future medical treatment
  • You have no-one, or no-one suitable, that you could appoint as a Medical Enduring Power of Attorney
  • You have preferences for your health care that are different from what you think your family would want for you.




Advance Care Planning Australia

Department of Health and Human Services- Advance Care Planning

Medical Treatment 1988 

Office of the Public Advocate
Phone: 1300 309 337

Advance Statements for Compulsory Mental Health Treatment 

Seniors Rights Victoria  
Phone: 1300 368 821

ACP Talk – for sensitive religious and cultural advance care planning

Caring for Muslim Patients

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal
Phone: 9628 9911

Victorian Legal Aid
Phone: 9269 0120

Information sessions
Please contact the Advance Care Planning program if you would like to arrange an information session for your service/organisation 
Phone: 9594 3475


For further information or assistance in completing advance care planning documents contact the Advance Care Planning Program. This is a free service.

Monash Health Advance Care Planning Program

Phone: 9594 3475

Fax: 9594 6302


Advance Care Planning Monash Medical Centre,

246 Clayton Rd, Clayton 3168

Interpreter Service: Please call 131 450 (free service)