Advance Care Planning

What is Advance Care Planning?

- Advance Care Planning 

Advance Care Planning is a process that supports people who wish to make a healthcare plan for a time when they may be unable to make their own decisions. Advance Care Planning helps ensure a person’s choices are known and respected for future medical treatment.  It also makes things easier for your family by preventing confusion and conflict over medical decision making.


Advance Care Planning involves thinking about who you would choose to make decisions if you couldn’t do this yourself and what decisions you would want this person to make?


Who should consider Advance Care Planning?

Anyone can make an Advance Care Plan.  It is of particular importance if you have a chronic health condition or are regularly admitted to hospital.  A good time to do it is when your health is stable.


What are the steps involved in Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning can involve all or some of the following steps;

  • Talk about your values and preferences to the people closest to you
  • Choose a substitute decision maker to make your medical decisions if you are unable to do this yourself  - in Victoria this is best done by appointing a Medical Enduring Power of Attorney
  • Write down your values and preferences in an Advance Care Plan
  • Distribute copies of your documents to Alfred Health, your GP and your family
  • Review your plan as circumstances change

Advance Care Planning documents are only ever referred to if you are unable to communicate or make informed decisions.


How to get started with Advance Care Planning?

You can download or we can post you an information pack to commence Advance Care Planning at home.


Advance Care Plan

Medical Enduring Power of Attorney

Refusal of Treatment

You can make an appointment with our service to assist you with advanced care planning.

Outpatient appointments can be arranged at;

  • Caulfield Community Health Service – Caulfield Hospital site
  • Inner South Community Health Service – South Melbourne site
  • Bentleigh Bayside Community Health Service – Sandringham Hospital site

For more information or to make an appointment contact the ACP service on 9076 6642 or 


Community Information Sessions

We hold community information sessions on Advance Care Planning multiple times throughout the year.  These sessions are held at Caulfield Community Health Service.   Bookings are required for these sessions. 

We can also present information sessions to local community groups in the Alfred Health catchment area eg. Probus, U3A, RSL

For more information on our information sessions or to book into one of the existing sessions please contact us 9076 6642.

Community Information Sessions 2016