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Advance care planning is routine care

If a person ever becomes seriously ill or injured and cannot communicate, an advance care plan makes sure that the person's beliefs, values and preferences for treatment are understood and respected. The plan only comes into effect when a person loses the ability to make decisions or express their choices.

Ideally, an advance care planning conversation will result in written plan. This helps make sure that a person's preferences will be respected.

Advance care planning requires a team effort. It should involve doctors, nurses, care workers, allied health professionals, and most importantly, the person, their substitute decision-maker(s) and/or family.

Have the conversation

The healthcare system is complex. Everyone needs to work together to put patients at the centre.

Advance care planning is about relationships between individuals, their families and carers, health professionals, community organisations and healthcare organisations.Visit our website to see roles and responsibilities each group has to ensure that Australians' healthcare preferences are respected.

Education and online learning

Our learning programs deliver a range of online courses, face-to-face workshops and webinars for all those interested in learning more about advance care planning. Visit our website for more information about our online learning programs and face-to-face workshops.

Resource library

Our resource library includes national and state-based publications, forms, case studies, articles, fact sheets and forms.

Victorian Legislation and Strategy

Forms

In Victoria, the components of an advance care plan are:

Advisory lines

Advance care planning advice and resources to all aged care staff and general practice staff, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm (AEST). Call us 1300 208 582.

Advice from specialist palliative care experts to all aged care and general practice staff, 9am-8pm (AEST), 7 days a week. Call us 1300 668 908.