ACP in palliative care

Advance care planning is particularly important for people who are older or chronically ill. The person's family and health professionals can help the person document their wishes.

An advance care plan for someone in palliative care should consider preferences for:

  • Pain and other symptom management
  • Cultural, emotional and spiritual support
  • Personal care

The substitute decision-maker should be involved in these conversations. You can also involve other family members and close friends to help them understand what to expect.

Related resources

  • Website

    Palliative Care Australia

    Palliative Care Australia

    Find support, services, policy information, publications and other resources about palliative care.
  • Articles & Publications

    Palliative Care Needs Assessment Guidelines

    Girgis A, Johnson C, Currow D, Waller A, Kristjanson L, Mitchell G, Yates P, Neil A, Kelly B, Tattersall M, Bowman D

    These guidelines are intended to provide guidance to those caring for people with a life-limiting illness and their families, to ensure that they are offered the most appropriate care to meet their specific needs.
  • Website

    Culturally appropriate palliative care - kit

    National Palliative Care Program and Australian Government Department of Health

    Online resource kit providing strategies and training material to support staff in mainstream health services to provide culturally appropriate palliative care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
  • Website

    End of life and palliative care services

    Better Health Channel

    Articles, videos, and multilingual resources about end of life care, and a directory of palliative care services in Victoria.

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