Advance care planning simply means thinking about and talking about what care you would want when you can’t speak for yourself. It is particularly important in planning for care at the end of your life. You can document what you want so your wishes are clearly understood. Or you can nominate a trusted family member or friend to make these decisions for you when you are no longer able to make them.
Each state and territory has resources that can be used. Talking within your family is often a good place to start. You can also talk to your GP, a community nurse or other people who provide support and care.
The important thing is to make sure that you share these plans and wishes while you can still communicate and while you have the capacity to do so.
Page updated 22 May 2017