For health and care workers

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.

Aged care worker walking with senior woman

Advance care planning for health and care workers

What do I need to know about advance care planning?

Advance care planning is an ongoing process that is essential to person-centred care.

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  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning fact sheet for care workers

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for care workers.

  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning fact sheet for healthcare professionals

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for healthcare professionals.

  • Fact sheet

    ACP by state and territory

    Australian Government

    This fact sheet is a snapshot of state and territory requirements for legal documents to create an advance care plan.

  • Education & Training

    ACP Learning

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    ACP Learning is a national eLearning hub to support aged care workers, health professionals and consumers learn more about advance care planning. There are a range of modules addressing advance care planning introductions, conversations, planning legal implications and more. The ACP Learning project is led by Advance Care Planning Australia and is funded by the Australian Government.