Who should do advance care planning?

Planning is for everyone

Whatever our age may be, we all have values and preferences - and it's important to think about them, discuss them, and write them down in an advance care directive.

But advance care planning is particularly important for people who are older and are frail, or people who have a chronic illness, multiple diseases, an early cognitive impairment, or are approaching their end of life.

When should you make an advance care plan?

You should start planning when you're healthy - before there's actually an urgent need for a plan. But having an advance care plan in place becomes particularly significant towards the end of a person's life. About 85% of people die after chronic illness, not as the result of a sudden event - so it's important that your advance care plan is ready in case it's required someday.

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Advance care planning for individuals

What is an advance care directive?

It's a formal type of an advance care plan, but the laws regarding advance care directives differ between states.

Learn more
  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning fact sheet for individuals and family

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for individuals and their families.

  • 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.

  • Website

    MyValues website

    Barwon Health

    MyValues is an online resource to help people identify, consider and communicate their preferences about the health and personal care they would want in the later stages of life. The website provides advance care planning information and allows for development of a MyValues Report.

  • Case study

    James' Story

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    James and his wife talk about James' experience in hospital and the impact on his family when needing to make decisions about his healthcare.