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 Another

Medical treatment decision maker:
if you are ever unable to make your own decisions regarding medical care, by appointing a medical treatment decision maker you can make sure the person making medical decisions for you is the person you want. The person you choose should know your values and preferences. You should trust them to make decisions for you when you can’t do this yourself.
You can appoint your medical treatment decision maker using the ‘Appointment of medical treatment decision maker’ form.

Support Person:
You can also appoint a support person. The support person helps you, while you are still able to make your decisions, to understand your healthcare options and communicate your medical treatment decisions.

C. Chat and communicate

Think about your values and preferences and what living well means for you. This includes your religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs and attitudes about medical care.
Talk about these with your:

  • Medical treatment decision maker, support person, family, friends, carer
  • Doctor, or
  • Other healthcare practitioner(s) involved in your care, for example: Dentist, Nurse, Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Pharmacist, Psychologist.

P. Put it on paper

Write down your preferences in an advance care directive. This makes sure your preferences and values are known to your medical treatment decision maker. If you do not have a medical treatment decision maker your advance care directive can help your healthcare practitioner know what is important to you.

Sharing your plan: Give a copy of your advance care planning documents to your medical treatment decision maker, GP, Hospital and other health practitioners involved in your care.

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

  • You are over 70 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.

Consumer Guide -Making medical decisions for another person
Preference and Values Form for another person

This form records information about a person who cannot express their preferences about medical treatment. What you write in this form will help the Medical Treatment Decision Maker and health professionals to make medical decisions that the person would want. This form is only for people who cannot make medical decisions or express what they want.


 Advance Care Planning Australia

Department of Health and Human Services- Advance Care Planning

Office of the Public Advocate
Phone: 1300 309 337

The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act page

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

Care Of The Ageing (COTA)

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)