In palliative care

Advance care planning is particularly important for people who are older or chronically ill. The person's family and health professionals can help the person document their wishes.

An Advance Care Directive for someone in palliative care should consider preferences for:

  • Pain and other symptom management
  • Cultural, emotional and spiritual support
  • Personal care

The substitute decision-maker should be involved in these conversations. You can also involve other family members and close friends to help them understand what to expect.

More information

Other resources on palliative care

  • Website

    Palliative Care Australia (PCA)

    Palliative Care Australia

    The website for Palliative Care Australia (PCA), the national peak body for palliative care. PCA represents all those who work towards high quality palliative care for all Australians. PCA aims to improve access to, and promote the need for, palliative care.