Advance Care Planning

Families and health care workers are often required to make medical decisions without knowing a patient's preferences. In order to address this, Barwon Health has implemented the Advance Care Planning program.

A key aim of the program is to identify patient wishes regarding their health care, particularly around end-of-life issues, and document these in an advance care plan.

Advance Care Planning:

  • Promotes an individual's understanding about their future treatment options.
  • Assists individuals to document their wishes and preferences about their future medical treatment, particularly end-of-life treatment, in an Advance Care Plan.

Advance care planning is a consultation process with health care providers and family members that help you make decisions about your future health care, should you become unable.

In Victoria, the program relies on powers enabled by the Victorian Medical Treatment Act (1988). The Act enables a person to appoint someone who can act as his or her Medical Enduring Power of Attorney (MEPOA) for medical treatment.

Advance care planning has been implemented across a number of Victorian health services and in the residential aged care setting and is now established in each state and territory across Australia.

The program has been endorsed by Barwon Health and provides a free service to the community of the greater Geelong region. This includes promotion of community awareness by providing a guest speaker for organisations upon request.

The Department of Health has released new resources to support advance care planning and navigating My Aged Care for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) seniors. The government resources support the implementation of the Commonwealth’s LGBTI ageing and aged care strategy to deliver more inclusive aged care support to people with diverse needs. Please click the link to the right to access the fact sheet.


MyValues is a tool that you may find useful when thinking about choices concerning your health care or medical intervention.

As a result of serious illness, accident or simply as a result of decline at the end of life, you may reach a stage when you are incapable of making or communicating your choices concerning your health care and medical intervention.

In this situation your doctor and family will have to make decisions for you and they will look for clear guidance from you. MyValues may help you in explaining your values in relation to life, death and medical intervention. Understanding and respecting your values will help your doctors and your family to make better choices about your medical treatment. With this information, they can feel reassured that they are respecting your wishes.

If you wish to use this resource, go to:


Advance Care Planning

I'll think about it tomorrow

Putting it in Writing

Taking Care of Dying Time

Consumer Story - Advance Care Planning

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