A nurse checks on a patient in the cancer ward


Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is a process of planning for future health and personal care whereby a person's values, beliefs, and preferences are made known so they can guide clinical decision making at a future time when that person cannot make or communicate their decisions.

The Advance Care Planning (ACP) Department within Austin Health delivers patient services, education and training across the organisation and externally. The team includes a Medical Director, Program Manager, Advance Care Planning clinicians, communications, research and administration staff.

Since 2002 Austin Health has worked extensively with other health services to provide training and foster innovation in the field. With the support of the Commonwealth Department of Health it also manages "Advance Care Planning Australia" initiatives to support national collaboration and a national resource library.

The Department undertakes : 

  1. advance care planning services for consumers and patients across Austin Health;
  2. education and training for Austin health professionals;
  3. implementation of quality programs and standards;
  4. research and innovation project management;
  5. "Advance Care Planning Austalia" initiatives designed as national resources for collaboration

Further information and forms on advance care planning across Australia can be found on the Advance Care Planning Australia website.