Advance Care Planning

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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.

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.

Interpreter Service: Please call 131 450 (free service)

Further information

Brochures and forms click here 
Videos click here 
Links click here 
Education click here

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


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

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