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.
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.
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Getting Started Workbook
Advance Care Directive Form
Instructions for Completing Advance Care Directive
Appointment of Medical Treatment Decision Maker
Checklist for Appointing Medical Treatment Decision Maker
Appointment of Support Person
Checklist for Appointing Support Person
Office of Public Advocate Take Control
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
Please contact the Advance Care Planning program if you would like to arrange an information session for your service/organisation
Phone: 9594 3475