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Advance care planning

Advance care planning

Advance care planning is a process of planning for future health and personal care.

About us

Our advance care planning specialists work within the Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence Unit at Austin Health.  We provide organisational support and expertise to enable clinicians to apply patients’ advance care plans and assist in the development of advance care planning documents.

Our services

We provide the following services:

  • Education and training for Austin Health professionals
  • Drive quality improvement programs, and ensure compliance with standards and legislation

What is advance care planning?

Advance care planning is a process that ensures family and treating healthcare teams understand what is important to you and how you want to be treated if you become unable to make decisions or communicate your preferences.

Advance care planning can include:

  • Appointing someone - think about who you trust to make medical decision on your behalf if you were unable to. You can complete a legal form to appoint this person as your Medical Treatment Decision Maker
  • Chatting and communicating - talk to family, friends and doctors about what is important to you. Discuss your values, preferences and what you would find unacceptable in relation to your health.
  • Putting it on paper - you can write down your values, preferences and what is important to you in an Advance Care Directive.

Find out more about advance care planning at Advance Care Planning Australia.


You can also download and complete these advance care planning forms, and send them to us to be placed in your medical record.

Contact us

Advance Care Planning

Send your advance care planning documents to:



Patient Safety and Clinical Excellence

Marnong boon-marrit-tak gooreen Office
Level 4, Harold Stokes Building

Austin Hospital
145 Studley Rd
Heidelberg Victoria

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Postal address

Advance Care Planning
Austin Hospital
PO Box 5555
Heidelberg Victoria
Australia 3084