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A routine part of heath and personal care

Advance care planning is a routine part of a person's health care. When a person's values are discussed openly, their healthcare preferences can be respected at a time when they cannot voice their decisions. It's an ongoing process that needs cooperation between individuals, their families, care workers, and health professionals as well as community organisations and healthcare organisations

Advance Care Planning Australia is a national program that provides information and resources to individuals, care workers and healthcare professionals to improve this cooperation. Find out more about Advance Care Planning Australia.


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Effective 12 March 2018

Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016

The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 enshrines advance care directives in law. It goes into effect 12 March 2018. Visit Health.vic for a guide, summary and FAQ to learn more about the Act.

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    Advance care planning in primary care free education sessions (WA)

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    Advance care planning workshop for health and care workers (VIC)

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