A routine part of health 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)

    Decision Assist in partnership with Cancer Council WA is offering a series of free education sessions which will improve the knowledge, skills and confidence of those working in primary care to initiate advance care conversations.

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    Discussing End of Life - Workshops for Nurses, Care Coordinators, GPs and Carers (TAS)

    This workshop, held near Launceston, includes interactive group discussions and practical learning based on case scenarios and having discussions of concerns and wishes for end of life care.

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