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For Patients and Visitors

Advance Care Planning.

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is about planning ahead for your future healthcare, in case you are ever too sick to speak for yourself. Advance Care Planning is something you can do for yourself, to plan for a time when you might not be able to make your own medical treatment decisions.

If a person currently lacks capacity (or the ability) to complete an Advance Care Directive, they cannot do Advance Care Planning. Please go to Resources for people who lack capacity for Advance Care Planning

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 Another
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 Treatment Decision Maker’.

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 Directive. You can write down 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 an Advance Care 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 Treatment Decision Maker
  3. you have preferences for your health care that are different from what you think your family would want for you.

What can I expect from the service?

Northern Health can provide you with further information and assistance to complete an Advance Care Directive and/or appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker.

The Northern Health Advance Care Planning Program supports patients and health professionals doing advance care planning. We are available to provide advice, education and assistance with advance care planning.

Further information:

Advance Care Planning Brochure – Who will help make medical decisions for you?
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News: The Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 came into effect in Victoria on the 12th March 2018.

To contact us:

Program Manager: Anne Marie Fabri, 9495 3235

Administration: Karen Overall, 9495 3140

Email: acp@nh.org.au

Interpreter Service: Please call 131 450 (free service)

Post:
Northern Health Advance Care Planning Program

Northern Health Bundoora

1231 Plenty Road, Bundoora 3083


For Health Professionals:

Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is about planning ahead for future healthcare, in case a person is too sick to speak for themself. Advance Care Planning can only be done by a person with decision-making capacity.

If a person currently lacks capacity to complete an Advance Care Directive, they cannot do Advance Care Planning. Please go to ‘Resources for people who lack capacity for Advance Care Planning’  

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 Another
Identify or appoint a Medical Treatment Decision Maker.

C

Chat & Communicate
About values and preferences for future health care.

P

Put it on Paper
Write down strongly held preferences.

Northern Health’s Advance Care Planning service provides consumers with information and guidance in completing an Advance Care Directive and/or a Medical Treatment Decision Maker.

Advance Care Planning education is available on request for General Practice and other health professionals.

Who will make medical decisions for you?  ACP Brochure (see above for translations)

How to Refer:

The Northern Health Advance Care Planning Program supports consumers and health professionals undertaking advance care planning.

We are available to provide advice, education and assistance with advance care planning.

This includes joint advance care planning consultations with the clinician and patient and (limited) provision of an ACP service to the community.

Inclusion criteria:

Northern Health patients and community members

Contact the ACP Program Manager Anne Marie Fabri to discuss your referral (9495 3235 or annemarie.fabri@nh.org.au).

Health Professional Education

ACP in 3-Steps:

A   Appoint Another
C   Chat and Communicate
P   Put it on Paper

This workshop is suitable for those health professionals who want to know:

–  what advance care planning is about
–  how to introduce the subject to other people
–  how to assist people with advance care planning discussions
–  how to complete advance care planning documents

One Day Workshops 2018

October 23rd at Northern Health, 1231 Plenty Road, Bundoora:   0830 -1630 – FULLY BOOKED
Register here:  ACP Workshop Registration Form 2018

Video: How to start the conversation

Further information available at:

Department of Health and Human Services – Advance Care Planning 

Office of the Public Advocate: 1300 309 337

Power of Attorney

Australian Medical Association 

Advance Statements for Compulsory Mental Health Treatment 

Caring for Muslim Patients 

Catholic Health Australia Advance Care Planning documents 

Healthpathways

North West Melbourne Primary Health Network (NWMPHN)

Eastern Melbourne Primary Health Network (EMPHN)

Seniors Rights Victoria: 1300 368 821

Victorian Civil and AdministrativeTribunal: 9628 9911

Victorian Legal Aid: 9269 0120

Enquiries:

Anne Marie Fabri, Program Manager: 9495 3235

Karen Overall, Administration: 9495 3140

Email: acp@nh.org.au