Step 5: Review the plan

Step 5: Review the plan

Be heard: stay up-to-date and keep talking. An advance care plan is a living document and it should be an ongoing conversation. A person should review their plan once a year or whenever their health, personal or living situation changes.

For instance, a person may wish to change their substitute decision-maker. They may have developed a new health problem or a current health issue may have worsened. Their life circumstances may have changed. Their goals may also have changed.

If a person decides to change their advance care plan, they just have to write a new one and discuss the changes with their family, friends, carers and healthcare team. Everyone who has a copy of the old advance care plan should be made aware of the new one.

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Advance care planning for family, friends and carers

Making a decision for someone else

If you are a substitute decision-maker, you might have to make important decisions for someone else.

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Related resources

  • 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

    Advance care planning fact sheet for substitute decision-makers

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for substitute decision-makers.
  • 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.
  • Website

    Be My Voice

    Capital Health Network

    Learn more about advance care planning in the Australian Capital Territory through the Be My Voice website.

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