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about advance care planning

Be open.

Be ready.

Be heard.

Advance care planning is important. It can be done at any stage of life and can start with a simple conversation.


Advance care planning lets other people know in advance your wishes about healthcare if you ever become too unwell to make decisions or speak for yourself.

Advance care planning will help your family, loved ones, treating doctors and healthcare team.
It will help to ensure your values and wishes are respected and that you receive the type of healthcare treatment you would choose for yourself.

This video is produced by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services


Advance care planning is a process of reflection and communication. It is a chance to think about your values and wishes.

It can be a simple conversation with loved ones, or you may want to make a written Advance Care Plan.

When making an Advance Care Plan, you can choose a substitute decision-maker: someone who can speak on your behalf if needed.

In Australia, different states and territories have different approaches to advance care planning.