When should I talk about advance care planning?

Talking about goals, values, and preferences

Serious illness or injury can mean that a person cannot make their own decisions about healthcare and treatment. Life is unpredictable, but starting an Advance Care Directive early helps give the person, their family and their carers peace of mind.

Advance care planning is a normal part of life. Talking about values, beliefs and health and care preferences is an important part of family relationships and friendships. You can start the conversation today, even if the person isn't elderly or ill.



Fact sheets

Advance care planning fact sheets for family, friends and carers

  • 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.
  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning and dementia - for substitute decision-makers

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    This fact sheet about advance care planning and dementia outlines the role and considerations of a substitute decision-maker and the decisions they make for someone on their behalf.