What happens after I make a plan?

It'll be there, just in case

Your plan only comes into effect if you ever can't speak for yourself.

You will continue to make your own decisions while you are able to, just like you do now.

If a time comes when you are unable to make decisions, your doctor, family and friends will act based on your advance care plan. They will be guided by your values and preferences, and respect your choices.

If you nominated a substitute decision-maker, that person will speak for you. They will make decisions to the best of their ability, based on the conversations you'd had previously. 

Before that time comes, you should keep talking to your substitute decision-maker about your values. The more they know, the more-informed they'll be about what you'd want. Review your advance care plan whenever your life situation or values change.

Keep the conversation going.

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Advance care planning for individuals

Making decisions about treatment

Some treatments might be temporary, or they might be necessary for life.

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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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