For health and care workers

Advance care planning is routine care

If a person ever becomes seriously ill or injured and cannot communicate, an advance care plan makes sure that the person's beliefs, values and preferences for treatment are understood and respected. The plan only comes into effect when a person loses the ability to make decisions or express their choices.

Ideally, an advance care planning conversation will result in written plan. This helps make sure that a person's preferences will be respected.

Advance care planning requires a team effort. It should involve doctors, nurses, care workers, allied health professionals, and most importantly, the person, their substitute decision-maker(s) and/or family.


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Related resources

  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning fact sheet for care workers

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for care workers.

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    Advance care planning fact sheet for healthcare professionals

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for healthcare professionals.

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    ACP by state and territory

    Australian Government

    This fact sheet is a snapshot of state and territory requirements for legal documents to create an advance care plan.

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    ACP Learning

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    ACP Learning is a national eLearning hub to support aged care workers, health professionals and consumers learn more about advance care planning, addressing introductions, conversations, planning legal implications and more.


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