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, Department 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, including an annual conference and a national resource hub/website.
The Department undertakes :
Further information and forms on advance care planning across Australia can be found on the Advance Care Planning Australia website .