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Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of awareness raising, consideration, discussion, planning, documentation and sharing decisions about health care and medical treatments for the period of time leading to death. It is most relevant to people who have a life-limiting condition but is open to any adult with capacity to control their health care when they are unable to directly provide consent or treatment guidance.

In Victoria, the relevant legislation is the Medical Treatment Planning and Decisions Act 2016 that came into force on 12 March 2018. The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services is the key administrative body. The Office of the Public Advocate has good background and guidance.

The most appropriate guidance for consumers is Take Control. It contains forms for the appointment of a Medical Treatment Decision Maker and the completion of an Advance Care Directive.

The forms to use are available for download at the DHHS site Advance Care Planning forms.

Good education resources and support are available at Advance Care Planning Australia

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