ACP in hospitals

As part of the admission processes, any existing advance care directives or substitute decision-makers should be identified. If these documents don't exist, share information about advance care planning to the person and their family.

Discuss the person's health issues, condition, prognosis and treatment options. Encourage the person to talk about their health and care preferences with their substitute decision-maker (if they have one) and their family. Support them to document their wishes in an advance care directive (if they do not have one already), and help them to ensure their preferences are written clearly. Record any discussions or documentation, and store it in a place where all hospital staff can access it (such as a discussion card or e-system).

The health care system can be complex, and admission to hospital can be a distressing experience for some people. Make sure to provide audience-friendly information. Advance Care Planning Australia has developed fact sheets for individuals and substitute decision-makers to help people understand the process.


Related resources

  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning fact sheet for care workers

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for care workers.
  • Fact sheet

    Advance care planning fact sheet for healthcare professionals

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for healthcare professionals.
  • 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 fact sheet for individuals and family

    Advance Care Planning Australia

    Information about advance care planning for individuals and their families.
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