How to do advance care planning

How to make your plan

An advance care plan answers the question, 'What would I want to happen if I couldn't speak for myself?'

Illness or serious injury can make a person unable to make their own decisions about health and personal care. It can happen to people at any age. Making an advance care plan helps you and your family to prepare for the unexpected.

The process is simple - there are five steps:

  1. Think about your beliefs, values and preferences for current and future health and personal care.
  2. Talk about your beliefs, values and preferences for current and future health and personal care.
  3. Choose a substitute decision-maker.
  4. Write your plan down and share it with others.
  5. Review your plan every once in a while.

We can help you make a plan. Let's start by thinking about your values.

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.
  • Form

    Advance Care Plan - Form/Template (VIC)

    Victorian Government

    The state of Victoria offers a template that a person may fill out or use as an example to write their own advance care directive. Write down specific information relating to your wishes, values and any treatments you would not wish to receive.
  • 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.
  • Articles & Publications

    Advance care planning workbook

    Central Coast Local Health District

    A step-by-step workbook for individuals, carers and families on how to approach, discuss and start documenting your advance care planning preferences.

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