Advance Care Planning

Four local Health Networks in the SEMPHN catchment offer Advance Care Planning services. There are several useful online tools as well.

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning aims to respect people’s health care and treatment wishes when they are unable to communicate or take part in decision making.

Benefits of Advance Care Planning:

  • A person continues to have a say in their medical care, even when they lose that physical or mental capacity
  • People are comforted knowing they are more likely to receive treatment they want, and not receive the treatment they would not want
  • Carers and family can make decisions knowing their loved ones choices
  • The conversation itself can strengthen relationships between family, carers and friends.

People need support to develop an Advance Care Plan that will guide medical treatment and care.

Locally, many clinicians have received Advance Care Planning training, including Practice Nurses and GPs.

The Department of Health and Human Services provides information and resources.


Where is there help for people with Advance Care Planning?

Local health networks have Advance Care Planning (ACP) services:

Peninsula Health ACP service

ACP online tool

Alfred Health ACP Service

Monash Health ACP Service Ph: 03 9594 3475


Other help with Advance Care Planning:

Useful tools online include:

Peninsula Health’s Advance Care Planning tool

My Values website
The MyValues website is a set of specially constructed statements designed to help people identify, consider and communicate their wishes about the medical treatment they would want in the later stages of life.


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