Advance Care Directives

What is Advance Care Directive?

Advance Care Directive is about planning ahead for your future healthcare needs.  It is also about letting your family and doctors know your decisions.
This is in case you are sick or injured and are unable to tell us what you want. Also it is in case you are too unwell to make decisions for yourself.

There are four simple steps:

  1. Appoint someone to be your ‘Support Person’.
  2. Appoint a “Medical Treatment Decision Maker” (previously a Medical Power of Attorney)
  3. Talk with your family, friends and doctor about your values ‘values directives’ and health care wishes ‘instructional directive’.
  4. Write down your wishes for future treatments using an ‘advance care directive’ with your GP.

For a copy of the Advance Care Directive form, go to the Office of the Public Advocate website.
You may also like to use this Getting Started ACD Workbook, developed by Monash Health Advance Care Planning Service, to help you start thinking about your possible future needs and treatment choices.

For More Information

For more information or help with Advance Care Directive, talk to your local GP or the team at your health clinic, or ask a hospital staff member.
For a copy of our “Who is my Voice?” brochure, click here.

Many other resources are also available from Advance Care Planning Australia directive.

Share Your Care Plan

Please give a copy of your Advance Care Directive to your family, your doctor and to your hospital.
If posting a copy of your Advance Care Directive to us, please mail to:

Medical Records
West Gippsland Healthcare Group
41 Landsborough Street