Advance Care Planning

Advance care planning is the process of discussing a person’s values, healthcare preferences and what matters most to them at their end of life. It is a routine part of a person’s health care and an ongoing process that needs cooperation between individuals, their families, care workers, and health professionals, as well as community and healthcare organisations.

It’s a process for thinking and discussing what type of care you might want, where you might want to be cared for and by whom, and what things are important to you for an acceptable quality of life.

You may also wish to discuss who might be a good person to act as your substitute decision-maker and be your voice when you can no longer speak for yourself.

Writing an Advance Care Directive (ACD) comes next and is a document where you write down the decisions you reach through the planning process. One of the most important things is to talk with your family, carers or whomever you think should know and understand your preferences and wishes. We suggest you review and update your ACD regularly especially if your situation changes.

The ACD form has been updated (July 2020). Any existing advance care directives completed on previous versions of the ACD form will continue to be valid and followed.

Palliative Care Tasmania (PCT) deliver a number training options to educate the community and organisations on advance care planning, including the new ACD form requirements. You can view these by clicking here.

There is also an Advance Care Directive for the acute setting.

The ACD is accompanied by an Advance Care Directive information sheet and a People who are important to me form.

What Matters Most for Older Australians

The What Matters Most for Older Australians resources are available on the Dying to Talk website. They can assist older people to work out what is right for them if they were seriously ill or at the end of their life, rather than waiting for a crisis to occur.

For more information on Dying to Talk Discussion Starters please click here.

For more information and support

There is a number of information sources and support to help you in the process of advance care planning. See below:

Respecting Patient Choices: A program for supporting advance care planning in Australia. Pamphlets in languages other than English, short films about end of life decision making.

Guardianship Board of Tasmania: Information, fact sheets and form for appointment of an Enduring Guardian.

Department of Health and Human Services: Information about guardianship and powers of attorney

Please note: These links are for information purposes only. PCT is not responsible for the content of these websites. If you notice any of the links are broken, or would like to suggest additional information resources to be added, please contact us.