What we know
Advance care planning (ACP) can improve end-of-life care in line with a person’s wishes. ACP can enable a person’s wishes to be known when they can no longer speak for themselves.
ACP is a beneficial process for all adults, particularly for those with chronic or life-threatening illness whose health is likely to deteriorate. However, not all adults have an advance care plan (ACP) or advance care directive (ACD) and may not have even discussed their wishes or preferences with those close to them. In Australia, it is important to be aware of the relevant state and territory government laws on ACP and ACDs.