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.

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 Directive?

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. Most people die after a chronic illness, not a sudden event so it's important that your Advance Care Directive is ready in case it's required someday. 1 

1. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Deaths, Australia, 2016. Available at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3302.0 (last accessed 17 April 2018).

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Advance Care Directives and different state/territory laws

Booklets and guides

Advance care planning companion guide

Getting Started Guide - family


Getting started

This booklet is designed to support you in the process of developing an Advance Care Directive.

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