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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is about planning ahead for your future healthcare, in case you are ever too sick to speak for yourself. The Northern Health approach to advance care planning is called ‘A C P in 3-steps’, and is a simple way to understand and do advance care planning,

A          Appoint an Agent

You can sign a legal form making it clear who you want to make MEDICAL DECISIONS for you if you are too sick to do it yourself. This is a ‘Medical Enduring Power of Attorney’.

C          Chat & Communicate

Talk to your family, friends and doctors about your values, beliefs and health care preferences. Tell them about what is important for you. Also, talk to your doctors or other health professionals to find out more about what might be ahead.

P          Put it on Paper

If there is something you feel strongly about, you can write it down in an Advance Care Plan / Directive or in a letter describing your health care values and preferences for future medical treatments, including what type of medical treatment you would agree to, and what you would not want.

'Advance Care Planning in 3-steps' and 'ACP in 3-steps' © Northern Health 2009

Think about writing down your Advance Care Plan / Directive if:

  1. you have firm preferences about future medical treatment
  2. you have no-one, or no-one suitable, that you could appoint as a Medical Enduring Power of Attorney
  3. you have preferences for your health care that are different from what you think your family would want for you.

    For more information please contact:
    Anne Marie Fabri on 9495 3235
    Karen Overall on 9495 3140
    acp | at |
    NH Advance Care Planning
    Bundoora Extended Care Centre
    1231 Plenty Road, Bundoora 3083

Interpreter Service: Please call 131 450 (free service)

Advance Care Planning One Day Workshop for Health Professionals

Click here the learn more about the workshops and register

Please click below to download more information about Advance Care Planning:

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You can also watch the following videos for more information:

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The powers of attorney law in Victoria changed on 1 September 2015. For more information about the changes, see the Office of the Public Advocate website.

Please click below for forms:

Advance Care Planning Guide
Advance Care Plan / Directive
Medical Enduring Power of Attorney Form
Refusal of Treatment Certificate (competent person)
Refusal of Treatment Certificate (person who has lost capacity)

Please click below for Office of the Public Advocate Information:

General links:
Department of Health and Human Services - Advance Care Planning

Medical Treatment Act 1988

Office of the Public Advocate: 1300 309 337

Advance Statements for Compulsory Mental Health Treatment

Seniors Rights Victoria 1300 368 821

Caring for Muslim Patients

Catholic Health Australia Advance Care Planning documents

Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal: 9628 9911

Victorian Legal Aid: 9269 0120


Advance Care Planning in 3-steps, Northern Health 2009

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