Advance Care Planning is a process that ensures family and treating healthcare teams understand what is important to you and how you want to be treated if you become unable to make decisions or communicate your wishes.
What we do
Advance Care Planning (ACP) can include:
- Appointing a substitute decision maker. Someone you trust to make medical decision on your behalf if you were unable to
- Chatting and communicating. Talking to family, friends and doctors about what is important to you about your health
- Putting it on paper. Writing down your wishes in an advance care plan
You can make an appointment with the Advance Care Planning Service to assist with:
- appointing a substitute decision maker, a Medical Enduring Power of Attorney
- having a conversation about your beliefs, values, and what you would find acceptable in relation to your health
- writing down your values and preferences in an advance care plan
- distributing copies of your advance care planning documents to key health service providers and decision makers, for example Alfred Health, your GP, Medical Enduring Power Of Attorney and family
- advance care planning community information sessions are scheduled multiple times throughout the year. These sessions provide an overview of advance care planning in a group setting. They are held at Caulfield Hospital and bookings are required
Details regarding the community information sessions for 2016 can be found in Events.
Who we care for
Anyone can make an advance care plan, however, it is of particular importance to those who have a chronic health condition or are regularly admitted to hospital. It is ideal to undertake advance care planning when the your health is stable.
Commonly asked questions
Advance care planning outpatient appointments can be arranged at one of three locations:
- Caulfield Community Health Service – at Caulfield Hospital
- Inner South Community Health Service - at South Melbourne
- Bentleigh Bayside Community Health service - at Sandringham Hospital
Outpatient appointment times are flexible during office hours Monday to Friday and appointments are attended by Advance Care Planning clinicians. There is no cost for this service.
How to access this service
Contact us directly
Family, carers, case managers and patients can contact us directly to access our services.
What to bring
For a clinic appointment
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- TAC or Workcover claim number (if relevant)
Every time you come
- Medicare card
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Private health insurance card (if applicable/if you want to use it)
- Adverse drug alert card (if you have one)
- Previous x-ray films, scans, ultrasounds or any other test results or reports
- Medicines you need to take while you are here
- List of medicines you are currently taking (or the boxes), including medicines you have bought without a prescription, such as herbal supplements and vitamins
- Glasses, hearing aid, walking frame
ResourcesAll patient resources
Advance Care Planning Brochure
A detailed guide for patients about advance care planning.
Advance Care Planning Brochure (Greek)
Advance Care Planning Brochure (Russian)
Advance Care Plan (Non-competent Adult) 59 KB
Form for your plan
Advance Care Plan 62 KB
Advance Care Planning Information Sheet
Information for patients about the advance care plan.
Advance Care Plan Contact Sheet 24 KB
Form to list contacts for your plan
A Guide to Advance Care Planning
Find out about advance care plans.
Advance Care Planning Australia
A resource for people which outlines ACP, FAQs, training, news & events, reports, projects and ppublications
Medical Enduring Power of Attorney information sheet 105 KB
Medical Enduring Power of Attorney 32 KB
Office of the Public Advocate
Office of the Public Advocate - Take Control 726 KB
A guide for making enduring powers of attorney.